We’re Fighting Coronavirus, But Surrendering to Pollution


President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What if I told you more than 100,000 Americans are dying every year from an ongoing epidemic and your government is doing nothing about it?

And what if I told you the government not only knows about this killing epidemic; it’s trying to make the death toll grow even higher?

No, this has nothing to do with the novel coronavirus.

 I’m talking about the average toll of premature death, crippling disease and financial ruin tens of thousands of Americans suffer every year from pollution — legal pollution.

That’s right. This isn’t the result of unethical companies secretly violating national environmental laws. These are self-inflicted wounds. This is the pollution the politicians you elect to protect and serve you are voting to allow.

This information isn’t from some green group trying to capitalize on the nation’s current health trauma. The numbers come from peer-reviewed scientific studies vetted and used by the same government that writes the laws.

Read the rest of the article at The Times-Picayune.