I dislike how The Dallas Morning News reporter ended the positive news of Dallas City Council urging TCEQ to support clean air federal initatives on such a somber note. Reporter Mosier ended quoting nurse councilwoman Gates,“…tougher regulations could drive up energy costs …This issue does have an economic impact …. and I think we need to realize that.”
Like renewables can’t pick up the slack? pffh…and what about those businesses that won’t come in because of China-like smog we’re heading towards?
The year my first born took his first breath of smog in the metroplex (1991) was the last time we were in ozone compliance….he lives with asthma now………glad he moved out of state. Glad he wasn’t here when Arlington had a PURPLE OZONE DAY on June 6 2016
Tigher ozone attainment strategies (especially attacking the fracking operators) can serve a twofold purpose in working towards being compliant to the Paris Climate Accord in slowing down global warming.
Runaway climate change is game over as the ultimate economic impact.
Who is “nursing” the stratospheric ozone layer that protects life on Earth which absorbs ultraviolet light? In the early 1980s, we realized (TOO LATE) that Earth’s natural sunscreen was thinning over the South Pole each spring….what we call the ozone hole. We caught snap and banned CFC’s (albeit we still have that stuff in our atmosphere-damage done)…and JUST LIKE FRACKING, all those methane leaks will stay with us warming up the atmosphere way pass the time that we catch snap and finally ban fracking.
Lets get our science straight FIRST before running amuck with the new game changing-money making-faking dealy dolls like we did with fracking….we are finding out that a very popular methane detecting tool called a high flow meter has been under-reporting methane leaks and so this kinda means start over with the Ft Worth one million dollar Barnett Shale air test?
Ozone can damage plant, animal & human DNA. But it does create jobs though:
- having to rebuild or repaired ozone corrosive eaten buildings,
- having to work harder to grow crops,
- and then there are those jobs created with the medical profits made off of the suffering of human & animal ozone inflicted lung & eye damge.
Excessive ozone/smog creates jobs that currently help pay nurse Gate’s salary ironically…of course it was very humane and PROFESSIONAL of her to acknowledge how reducing ozone “…. could potentially lower health care costs”.
Now “that” is one economic impact that humans should all strive for…what the frack have we done waiting decades to fix this ozone problem?……thank you ALL DALLAS CITY HALL!