Less Smog in California, despite more people and cars.

This is great news coming out of California. Californian environment is reaping the dividend of having strict environmental regulations. As you all know it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get environmental permits to build new fossil fuel power plant or industries in California.  In as much as I do not agree with all environmental regulation in California, I still believe it’s paying off now. The LA Times on June 5, 2013 published a report titled “Despite more people and more cars, California’s smog is in retreat”.

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According to the report, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado led the research, which analyzed decades of data and collected air samples from over flights in 2010. The study found that Southern California’s air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere which causes smog has drastically reduced. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s. Since then, the population in Southern California has tripled, as has the number of cars on the road. Nevertheless, tailpipe emissions have decreased.

The state of California’s stringent emission standard has been credited for this pollution reduction. But I need to remind you that this progress comes with a price. Residences of California are paying for this environment progress with their hard-earned income. And energy productions to the state are offshore from neighboring states to supplement supplies from the few power plants in the state.

Happy father’s day to all the fathers.

 

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