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Old 11-03-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air report not long ago and I was looking it over for some specific info.
Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Ozone (http://www.stateoftheair.org/2009/city-rankings/polluted-cities-ozone.html - broken link)
Full report at:
http://www.lungusa.org/assets/docume...eport-2009.pdf

Most media use the Lung Association's wording of "cities" ranked.

But the report used the metro area (MSA and/or CSA) as a city. That combines larger areas and includes multiple counties in a city. For example, that means all of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties is lumped together as the "city" called Los Angeles.

I think it is more useful to look at their rankings of counties.

A county reflects a geographic area that might provide better insights for people, although there is still a big geographic size variation when looking at western counties vs. east coast counties (which are smaller).

So here are the 2009 county rankings for ozone pollution:
1. San Bernardino County, CA
2. Riverside County, CA
3. Kern County, CA
4. Tulare County, CA
5. Los Angeles County, CA
6. Fresno County, CA
7. Harris County, TX
8. El Dorado County, CA
9. Nevada County, CA
10. Placer County, CA
11. Tarrant County, TX
12. Sacramento County, CA
13. Rowan County, NC
14. Maricopa County, AZ
15. Ventura County, CA
16. Imperial County, CA
17. Kings County, CA
18. Clark County, NV
19. Dallas County, TX
20. San Diego County, CA
21. Mecklenburg County, NC
22. Denton County, TX
23. Fairfax County, VA
24. Hamilton County, OH
25. Camden County, NJ
25. Mariposa County, CA

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Old 11-03-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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What I also find useful are the Lung Association's trend graphs for many of the California metro areas.

These show the weighted 3 year average of the number of unhealthy ozone pollution days in these California metro areas.

Unfortunately they do not seem to have these by county.

Los Angeles metro area
Averaged 138.8 days in 2005-2007 vs. 189.5 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Riverside.png

Bakersfield
Averaged 110.5 days in 2005-2007 vs. 140.8 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Bakersfield.png

Visalia/Tulare/Porterville
Averaged 101.2 days in 2005-2007 vs. 105.7 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Visalia.png

Fresno/Madera
Averaged 62.7 days in 2005-2007 vs. 131.1 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Fresno.png

Sacramento/Arden Arcade/Truckee
Averaged 49.7 days in 2005-2007 vs. 60.0 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Sacramento.png

El Centro/Imperial
Averaged 32.8 days in 2005-2007 vs. 82.8 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/El_Centro.png

Hanford
Averaged 32.5 days in 2005-2007 vs. 90.5 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Hanford.png

San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos
Averaged 29.5 days in 2005-2007 vs. 60.0 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/San_Diego.png

Merced
Averaged 22.2 days in 2005-2007 vs. 51.0 days in 1996-1998
http://www.stateoftheair.org/assets/images/2009/ozone-trend-charts/Merced.png
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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....And the good news is that California's air, while still dirty, is much cleaner than it used to be. That trend is expected to continue as today's cars pollute a lot less than the cars of 10 years ago. I often complain about California being overregulated. But this is one area that California gets mostly right (although I'm convinced the idea that global warming is caused by humans is BS. I think it's just part of the sunspot cycle).
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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(although I'm convinced the idea that global warming is caused by humans is BS. I think it's just part of the sunspot cycle).
While it may be BS, that it is part of the sunspot cycle has been throughly debunked.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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While it may be BS, that it is part of the sunspot cycle has been throughly debunked.
Entirely possible. There's really no way for me or the majority of people to prove or disprove either theory. I'm not even sure the scientists know what's going on (although many think they do). It comes down to who you trust. I think the global warming hysteria is just a way for the global elite to further erode the sovereignty of individual nation states so they can implement their New World Order dictatorship.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Entirely possible. There's really no way for me or the majority of people to prove or disprove either theory. I'm not even sure the scientists know what's going on (although many think they do). It comes down to who you trust. I think the global warming hysteria is just a way for the global elite to further erode the sovereignty of individual nation states so they can implement their New World Order dictatorship.
A very good observation. I guess we will all know one way or another in 4 years. Prince Charles has said it will be all over by then!
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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A very good observation. I guess we will all know one way or another in 4 years. Prince Charles has said it will be all over by then!
Entirely possible. But precise timelines always have a way of being wrong.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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global elite
That of course would be me, the guy in the Dos Equis commercials is a poseur.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:39 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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We are always told that the Bay Area's smog and dirt gets blown to the central valley and Sacramento. Sorry.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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We are always told that the Bay Area's smog and dirt gets blown to the central valley and Sacramento. Sorry.
maybe, but the valley makes plenty of it's own, too.
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