Margot Roosevelt: CARB's propagandist at the L.A. Times
Again the L.A. Times
presents a Margot Roosevelt hit piece in an attempt scare up support
for the economy killing AB32. Using a photo from 1980 showing a smog
covered L.A. and data from 2008 and earlier, Margot would have readers
believe that this is current information. This is her typical agenda
driven writing which she and the Times pass as reporting. Margot Roosevelt finds herself reduced to a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering global warming. She was formerly a national correspondent for Time but was sent away from Time’s New York bureau to its Paris bureau in 1988. She joined Time in 1988 after working as staff writer at the Washington Post. She finds herself back at start just a step above intern at the L.A. Times. You can write to Margot and tell her what you think of her writing at: firstname.lastname@example.org better yet, send a note to the editor.
|Los Angeles is still the nation’s smoggiest city
By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2010
Los Angeles, extending to Riverside and Long Beach, remains the
smoggiest city in the United States, with an average of more than 140
days a year of dangerous ozone levels, the American Lung Assn. reported
Wednesday in its annual assessment.
All of the nation's 10 smoggiest counties are in California, with San
Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles leading the pack.
And the state's cities and counties, with their ports, refineries,
power plants and crowded freeways, rank near the top for particle
"This is not just a nuisance or a bother," said Bonnie Holmes-Gen, the
lung association's California policy director. "Thousands of people are
being rushed to emergency rooms. Thousands of people are dying early as
a result of air pollution.... It is a crisis."
The report comes at a time of conflict over the state's efforts to
slash emissions. Citing the recession-battered economy, trucking and
construction firms are seeking to delay California's rules to limit
diesel pollution from operating big-rigs, forklifts and other equipment.
A proposed ballot initiative, sponsored by oil companies and
conservative activists, would suspend the state's climate law, which
targets carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases but could effectively
curb traditional air pollutants such as ozone and particles.
Jane Warner, president and chief executive of the California branch of
the lung association, urged state officials to maintain proposed curbs
on diesel emissions and to step up efforts to promote electric cars.
"We also call on Californians to reject the Texas oil companies'
attempt to undo California's clean air and clean energy laws," Warner
The ballot initiative to delay AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act,
is spearheaded by San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro
Corp., which operate major refineries and hundreds of gas stations in
Despite its grim overall statistics, the report took note of remarkable
progress in some areas: The number of high-ozone days has dropped by
25% in metropolitan Los Angeles and by 57% in metropolitan San
Francisco, which includes Oakland and San Jose, since 2000.
Ground-level ozone, or smog, forms when nitrogen oxide gases and
volatile organic compounds, such as gasoline vapors, react in the
sunlight and heat. Inhaling ozone, which is colorless and odorless, can
cause asthma and shorten lives.
Particle pollution, also known as fine particulate matter, combines
soot, dust and aerosols and often contains mercury and other toxic
substances. It causes respiratory disease, heart attacks and premature
The report found that high air pollution levels threaten the health of
175 million people, about 58% of the population. But in California, the
proportion is far higher: 91% of state residents, more than 33 million
people, live in counties with poor air quality, especially in Southern
California and the Central Valley.
Annually, California's dirty air is estimated to cause 19,000 premature
deaths, 9,400 hospitalizations and 300,000 respiratory illnesses.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is weighing tighter limits on
ozone and particles, and Congress is considering Clean Air Act
amendments to further cut emissions from coal-fired power plants. Other
issues under consideration: whether federal construction projects
should use only clean-diesel equipment and whether the federal
government should finance retrofits of operating diesel trucks, as
Only two cities appear on all three of the lung association's lists of
cleanest cities — for ozone, for year-round particles and for
short-term measures of particles: metropolitan Fargo, N.D.; North
Dakota, which also includes Wahpeton, Minn.; and Lincoln, Nebraska.
The report is interactive: readers can go to the website,
http://www.stateoftheair.org, type in their ZIP Codes and find out how
their neighborhoods rank.