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How dirty is your air? This map shows you

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President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, released this week, is arguably the most ambitious effort ever untaken by the U.S. to fight climate change. But it will also create enormous public health benefits by cleaning up the air people breathe, saving thousands of lives annually in the U.S.  Air pollution in some U.S. cities has in fact gotten worse over the past decade.

Our map, below, shows air pollution problem spots not just in the U.S. but around the world. It color-codes high-resolution air pollution data (specifically, fine particulate matter or PM2.5) from ground level (data reported by the World Health Organization) and from the atmosphere (satellite-derived estimates calculated by researchers at Dalhousie University). Regions shaded in black are exposed to very unhealthy or hazardous levels of particulate matter, and dark red to red represents unhealthy amounts, using classifications from the EPA’s Air Quality Index thresholds. The areas with safe air quality are colored yellow to orange. We also include locations of the world’s dirtiest power plants, according to Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA).

http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-dirty-is-your-air-this-map-shows-you/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

the east coast looks a bit congested more than california

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Well, you can't have a Clean Power Plan without a map showing proof of dirty air, can you?

Let's get a "non-partisan" think tank to draw one up!

CARMA is produced and financed by the Confronting Climate Change Initiative at the Center for Global Development, an independent and non-partisan think tank located in Washington, DC.

http://carma.org/blog/about/

We have some "experts" over at the Center for Global Development.

http://www.cgdev.org/section/experts

As with all of government, it's just busy work. You electronically invent shitloads of numbers (money) via computer, call it debt to be psychologically piled on the backs of the slaves while paying them to work on problems that you invented because there weren't enough in the first place to keep so many people BUSY.

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The us relies heavily on coal for both electricity generation and as an export commodity. Barry's hit on clean air was just a slight of hand trick against the coal mining industry, and also coal powered electrical generating plants. The poor people in the Appalachia mountains will suffer along with the rest of us when there isn't enough electricity. 

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The US, a net exporter of coal, consumed 651 million tonnes of coal in 2013 accounting for about 12% of the world's total coal consumption. It is also the second biggest coal producing country having accounted for about 13% of global coal production in 2013.
The country's year-on-year coal consumption was on a declining trend between 2010 and 2012, but increased by 4.6% in 2013 due to higher electricity demand and a rise in natural gas prices. Coal accounted for about 39% of USA's electricity generation in 2013. The country's coal consumption is, however, expected to fall in 2015 as a number of coal-fired power plants are scheduled to retire in compliance with the implementation of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

http://www.mining-technology.com/features/featurethe-worlds-biggest-coal-consumers-4353695/

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