A new report draws racial inferences from pollution – and uses them as a rationale to propose additional restrictions and controls on society. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
A study published Monday in the journal PNAS adds a new twist to the pollution problem by looking at consumption. While we tend to think of factories or power plants as the source of pollution, those polluters wouldn’t exist without consumer demand for their products.
The researchers found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans’ consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans.
“This paper is exciting and really quite novel,” says Anjum Hajat, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the study. “Inequity in exposure to air pollution is well documented, but this study brings in the consumption angle.”
Hajat says the study reveals an inherent unfairness: “If you’re contributing less to the problem, why do you have to suffer more from it?”
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While more research is needed to fully understand these differences, the results of this study raise questions about how to address these inequities … Diez Roux thinks that stronger measures may be necessary.
“If want to ameliorate this inequity, we may need to rethink how we build our cities and how they grow, our dependence on automobile transportation,” says Diez Roux. “These are hard things we have to consider.”
There’s more at the link.
I think any racial angle in the study is almost certainly grossly overstated. All over the world, poorer people of any and every race live in less desirable, less pristine, more polluted and/or overcrowded neighborhoods than those with more money. Poorer people also buy less than more affluent consumers. To try to insinuate that exposure to pollution is therefore a racial problem, because whites consume more than blacks or hispanics, is (IMHO) stretching things way too far.
However, as always with left-wing talking points, note the sting in the tail. Just like alleged anthropomorphic climate change, if this is a problem, then obviously we must do something to fix it: and the way to fix it is to impose greater controls on society. To hell with free choice – it’s for the chiiiiiiiiillldren! We must order people around and restrict their independence!
Funny how often moonbats come up with that answer, isn’t it?