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Health claims about air pollution are groundless


Prof. Ross McKitrick, Sun News, 02-06-2014.


Particulates and soot are at such low levels in the U.S. levels well below what they were in the 1970s. The health claims at this point are groundless coming from this administration.
I noticed these numbers coming up for Ontario for how many deaths were caused by air pollution. What struck me was - knowing that air pollution levels were very low in Ontario - they were extremely high in the 1960s. So I took the same model and fed the 1960s air pollution levels into it: How many deaths would you get? I did the calculations and you quickly get more deaths from air pollution than from all causes.
In other words, the streets would have been littered with bodies from air pollution if it was actually that lethal. The problem with all of these models is they are not based on an actual examination of death certificates or looking at what people actually died of these are just statistical models where people have a spreadsheet and they take in an air pollution level and it pops out a number of deaths. But there are no actual bodies there, it is all just extrapolation.



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