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Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

This is yet another example of pencil necked bureaucrats who have too much power and too little knowledge. Imperial County consists of nearly 5000 square miles of DESERT (ie. dirt). The central portion of the county is primariy irrigated farmland. When the wind blows the desert becomes airborne. When there are no crops in the fields and the wind blows, the dirt becomes airborne. To ensure successful crops growers use pesticides. Adrian Florido fails to mention that 18 miles south of the county seat is the third world city of Mexicali with an estimated population of between 1.5 and 2 million people. The vast majority of cars in that city are poorly maintained and burn some of the worst gas imaginable produce by PEMEX. Air pollution from Mexicali does not stop at the border.

I also take issue with the statement that the air here is some of "the most polluted in the nation". That is a sweeping generalization for which the author supplies no facts.
Having lived in Los Angeles for a number of years and the Imperial Valley for an even longer period, I much prefer the air here than there.

The fact that highways and their construction don't seem to be a contributing factor in the EPA's decision is proof that our Big Brother government is being run by non elected idiots over which the citizens of this country have little or no control.

August 12, 2012 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )