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Local Air Quality Getting Better

April 24, 2013

WHEELING — The air in Ohio and Marshall counties isn’t as dirty this year compared to last, but there still is room for improvement, according to the American Lung Association’s 2013 State of the Ai......

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Apr-25-13 8:19 PM

What do you expect from Nimrods who believe that the 0.038% of the atmosphere that is plant food (CO2) affects the weather!

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Apr-25-13 1:46 PM

Just how stupid are these people? The power plant that recently closed (Burger) has been barely running for years. Mitchell plant added polution controls in 2007. Are you telling me it takes 6 years for the air to clear up? Really? Really? Blame it on what it isn't. It is the liberal way! Fools buy into it every day.

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Apr-25-13 11:15 AM

impacted, “you people”? Didn’t you people criticize Ann Romney for using that term? I’m so insulted I might just go out to the stable and pout. Where's my parasol?

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Apr-25-13 10:08 AM

Trollsucker, you people love to twist and contort, which is why you lose elections. Coffee didn't say making money isn't imporetant. He denied that it was MORE important than the environment. I agree with his suggestion that you try holding your breath...a long, long, time. lol!

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Apr-25-13 7:23 AM

the epa was the beginning of the end.good thing that these guys have their federal jobs.

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Apr-25-13 12:13 AM

Face it, we stink, yet we are more concerned with the self inflicted illness of those in a back room hole in a restaurant and the smoke that seeps through when the door is open. Amazing....

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Apr-24-13 8:51 PM

"Yes, Dawg, my mother. Doesn't matter," old.

Guess that's where we differ. It did matter to me.

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Apr-24-13 8:29 PM


"Why was the Environmental Protection Agency formed?:

Government need another means of sticking their nose in subjects that were NON of their {bleeping} business

What does the Environmental Protection Agency do for you?:

Make life miserable, cost business = cost MONEY, and generally act like a {bleeping} pain in the azz

What if we did not have an Environmental Protection Agency.

The country survived and prospered for 200 years becoming the most powerful and success country in the history of the world.

Now we a just another bankrupt Euro-trash welfare state who can't phart without getting a violation notice from the Extortion Protection Agency.

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Apr-24-13 6:31 PM

As more and more industry shuts down and moves to China, air quality improves at the expense of jobs

China cranks out more pollution than any country on the planet but as a result they crank out more goods and their economy is booming as a result

They also had the common sense to use coal fired steam trains to build their massive economy and keep the road destroying and VERY inefficient trucks OFF the roads unlike the foolish Americans!

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Apr-24-13 5:10 PM

WVUGEO, maybe it wasn’t reflexive. Maybe that disagreer noticed that when it comes to your favorite extraction industry - coal – it’s all about conversion to liquid fuels and cleanness and greenness and rah-rah. But when it comes to a competing extraction industry – gas – it’s powerful greenhouse gases and contamination and cancer and radiation. Maybe they’re tired of being treated in your comments like they’re gullible.

No, it wasn’t me. I don’t rely on popularity votes to judge the validity of posts.

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Apr-24-13 4:32 PM

We noted that someone reflexively clicked "Disagree" on our post about the greenhouse effect of shale gas. Who, exactly, are you disagreeing with: the University of Colorado, NOAA, or Cornell University? And, do you have your own data and your own calculations with which to dispute their findings; or, are you simply relying on the gullible shale gas rah-rah you've been treated to in your local news publications as the basis of your opinion?

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Apr-24-13 4:02 PM

And, as far as "making money" versus "preserving the environment" goes, it's almost a given now, even among the more extreme environmentalists, that, the more prosperous people become, the better care they take of the world around them. Someone who lives in a mud hut and is hungry and cold will uproot anything they can, kill anything they can, and be willing to cook it all over and keep warm by a stove fueled with dioxin. It's the poorest and hungriest who are clear-cutting, and making farmland by the slash and burn method. Maybe that's part of the explanation for the poverty-ridden OV's blind faith in the illusion of the shale gas "miracle".

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Apr-24-13 3:44 PM

"whgfeeling" wrote: "will get even better when coal is stopped from being burned". Actually, although it doesn't have to do with local "air quality",a team of researchers from the University of Colorado and the Gov's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported just a few months ago, after some extended in-field measurements, that close to 10 percent of the gas in a shale gas field escapes to the atmosphere after fracking. Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas that CO2; and, Cornell University, basing their calculations on a roughly 5 pecent leakage rate, given the volumes of shale gas involved, calculated that, compared "to coal, the (greenhouse global warming) footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon".

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Apr-24-13 3:26 PM

If you think making money isn’t important you’re a parasite progressive living on handouts of wealth redistributed from the earnings of hard working Americans better than you. And if you think the air is that bad and you still drive a gasoline-powered car, ride a diesel-fueled bus, or are on the coal-fired power grid, you’re a hypocrite.

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Apr-24-13 2:18 PM

If you think making money is more important than our environment, try holding your breath while you count your money.

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Apr-24-13 1:28 PM

Yes, Dawg, my mother. Doesn't matter. You have these things on the ends of your legs called feet. If the air is bad where you are, LEAVE!

Bet a lot of the neighbors would trade more pollution for having the mills running again.

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Apr-24-13 1:08 PM

"I doubt local residents find much comfort in knowing they will die while inhaling cleaner air," Hefner.

Ever seen anyone die of lung cancer or emphysema?

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Apr-24-13 1:05 PM

After being born and raised through young adulthood in the upper Ohio Valley and having worked in the mills I had a comprehensive health exam. This included chest X-rays. The doctor asked me if I had been a heavy smoker. I said no. He then asked me where I had lived while growing up. When I said the Ohio Valley he nodded his head and said that he thought so. It was common for people from that region to have lung damage. Bottom line, if you plan to live in the Ohio Valley do not smoke. It could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

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Apr-24-13 12:02 PM

look at the siding on your house.

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Apr-24-13 11:59 AM

How can the air quality not be better? With no industry, no future, and no hope I doubt local residents find much comfort in knowing they will die while inhaling cleaner air.

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Apr-24-13 9:03 AM

This is impossible! With all the drilling, coal mining, and diesel trucks driving around, the panhandle should be a barren wasteland! lol according to WVUGEO, we should be speeding toward a radiation fueled zombie apocalypse...

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Apr-24-13 7:51 AM

When ALL the business is gone and all of the residents are DEAD or moved away, the air quality will be real good.

"Better" than what? A poke in the eye with a sharp stick?

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Apr-24-13 5:16 AM

...said the loon whose business is diesel-smog spewing trucks. Hypocrite.

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Apr-24-13 4:46 AM

will get even better when coal is stopped from being burned.

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