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Most-polluted cities

Can we make these places clean?

  • Yes, through hard work and regulations

    Votes: 2 25.0%
  • Nope, can't regulate geography and weather

    Votes: 2 25.0%
  • STOP making fun of New Jersey, the didn't even crack the top ten!

    Votes: 3 37.5%
  • Why do you hate America SO MUCH??

    Votes: 1 12.5%

  • Total voters
    8
  • Poll closed .

The One

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The American Lung Association State of the Air 2014 list of most polluted cities:

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html

Ozone
Of the top 10
6 in California (5 in central valley)
2 in Texas
1 D.C. area
1 Nevada-Vegas

Particulate
Of the Top 10
6 in California (4 in central valley)
1 Pittsburgh PA
1 El Paso Texas
1 St. Louis MO
1 Phoenix

Many of these have to do with Geography and Weather created hot spots.

I don't like living in a top 5 dirty place in all categories:-c
 

dvdneal

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If your city is just hitting one or two of the items on the list it's a weather thing. If you're pegging out all the pollution meters, you've got a problem. Not sure how to fix it, maybe lightning rods like Mexico City? Or maybe people will actually listen to planners and build high density beautiful communities that let you walk everywhere, but have no grit. Then again, maybe the city I live in can build a dog park in a park without a bunch of NIMBYs hating on it.
 
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Air is much cleaner now than when I was a boy in the early 1970's this is due to the cleaning up of point and non-point contributors.

  • Lead Fuels
  • Better Convertors on cars
  • Better fuel economy
  • Scrubbers on stacks at coal burning plants, steel mills
 

ColoGI

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The American Lung Association State of the Air 2014 list of most polluted cities:

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html

Many of these have to do with Geography and Weather created hot spots.

I don't like living in a top 5 dirty place in all categories:-c
I moved away from the Central Valley over a decade ago. I could no longer take the air pollution on top of the hot days, and at that time the planners were powerless to stop sprawl and the LosAngelification of the area and its associated driving. I go back for business now and marvel at the air quality. We went back a couple years ago in November and they were still burning rice fields - the second we stepped off the plane my eyes burned and most out-of-towners were affected physically in some way. I'd move back if there were 15-20M fewer people.
 

Arnold

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The Utah valleys are just on the short term list? I was sure we would hit top ten in every list. The inversion here is terrible.
 
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