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California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

Doyle Rice , USA TODAY
Published 12:09 a.m. ET April 19, 2017

A new report has released details on the most and least polluted cities in the United States based on data from 2013 to 2015. USA TODAY

California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.

Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA's most days of highly polluted air, based on data from 2013-2015, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released Wednesday found.

In addition to the worst spikes of short-term pollution — led by Bakersfield — the report also lists the cities with the worst overall year-round pollution — led by Visala/Hanford, Calif.— and the worst ozone pollution, led by the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.

California's soaring population and topography allow air pollution to overcome the state's strict environmental laws, said Paul Billings of the American Lung Association. The boom in people brings with it an increase in cars and trucks on the roads, and many of those people live in valley and basins, right where pollution tends to settle.

Nearly year-round sunny skies also don't help: Those picture-perfect days are a major factor in high levels of ozone pollution, he added.

The state would be far worse off without its strict laws on tailpipe pollution and eliminating coal-fired power plants. "They've done more than any other state to counteract air pollution," Billings said.

Overall, the report is a mixture of good and bad news: While year-round pollution has improved, short-term spikes of intensely polluted air have increased.

"While most of the nation has much cleaner air quality than even a decade ago, many cities reported their highest number of unhealthy days since the report began" 18 years ago, it found.

Some 125 million Americans nationwide live with unhealthful levels of air pollution, the report said, placing them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage and developmental and reproductive harm.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...nia/100615102/

The left wing USA Today tries its' best to make excuses for California's dismal rating.
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California is basically the China of the US.
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It's interesting because I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a part of Greater LA, and I was just there on Monday and air pollution came up. The son of my best friend didn't believe us when we described how the air was almost a chocolate color that you literally couldn't see through in the Valley during the 1960's and breathing could be very hard because you'd literally choke on the air. It was so bad that those that never experienced it think you're exaggerating (we're not).

The Valley still has limited pollution because it has a natural inversion layer that captures pollution but it's only a small fraction of how bad it was before.

Guess what cleaned up the pollution in the San Fernando Valley.

You've got it, those evil environmental laws and regulations that Republican say are damaging the country (but allow people to breath in LA).
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Except China has work.
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It's interesting because I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, a part of Greater LA, and I was just there on Monday and air pollution came up. The son of my best friend didn't believe us when we described how the air was almost a chocolate color that you literally couldn't see through in the Valley during the 1960's and breathing could be very hard because you'd literally choke on the air. It was so bad that those that never experienced it think you're exaggerating (we're not).

The Valley still has limited pollution because it has a natural inversion layer that captures pollution but it's only a small fraction of how bad it was before.

Guess what cleaned up the pollution in the San Fernando Valley.

You've got it, those evil environmental laws and regulations that Republican say are damaging the country (but allow people to breath in LA).
Are you talking about the ones like, the EPA and Clean water act, created during a Republican administration? Republicans don't hate responsible regulations. They hate overbearing ones like naming one of the planet's most common elements a "toxic" gas.

It allows the government to literally tax something no one ever thought possible,,,,; the very air we breathe. And it was not done by Congress, but a panel of bureaucrats. Something to which Conservatives object. Not necessarily Republicans.
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