MIT Study Claims Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Americans Each Year

200,000I believe this is the ultimate example of what is known as “cost externalizing.” Via the MIT News Office:

Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution’s impact on Americans’ health.

The group tracked ground-level emissions from sources such as industrial smokestacks, vehicle tailpipes, marine and rail operations, and commercial and residential heating throughout the United States, and found that such air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths each year. Emissions from road transportation are the most significant contributor, causing 53,000 premature deaths, followed closely by power generation, with 52,000.

In 5,695 U.S. cities, the researchers [found] the highest emissions-related mortality rate in Baltimore, where 130 out of every 100,000 residents likely die in a given year due to long-term exposure to air pollution.

Barrett says that a person who dies from an air pollution-related cause typically dies about a decade earlier than he or she otherwise might have.

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  • Andrew

    But if Big Business isn’t allowed to pump poisons into the air, then Big Government will tax my breath!

    • Anarchy Pony

      Mental gymnastics any wingnut would be proud of.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Yeah, but, freedom, jobs, economy, growth!

  • Tchoutoye

    That’s the equivalent of roughly one or two (according to more independent sources) Ghouta attacks for each day of the year.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Who do we bomb?

  • doodahman

    this is a real problem of pollution, Not that global warming bullshit.

    • bobbiethejean

      Why are what the scientists at MIT saying any less credible than what the scientists at Nasa are saying?

  • BuzzCoastin

    eh, if that’s the US number
    China has to be in the millions