AP Goes Full Eco-Lunatic!!!! Goes For VW Throat By Publishing Seth Borenstein!!!!!

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Good heavens!!!!  Did VW support a Republican?  Contribute to the NRA?  By the manner leftards are going after them, you’d think they’re funding Ted Cruz!

The AP did a neat trick today.  Look at this article.  It really doesn’t mention the article was written by an idiotic eco-crusader.  Indeed, the AP takes credit for it. 

AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

It’s nice to know the AP has expanded into the world of statistical analysis of air quality.  They should fit right in with the EPA, who constantly lie and mislead people. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to cause somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years, with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. The total cost has been well over $100 million.

That’s just in the United States. …..

Ohhh!!!!!  The AP has developed a statistical computer analysis of what VW did?  Wow!!!!  That’s amazing considering they have a difficult time with grammar! 

Here’s more from the article …..

“Even the small increase in NOx from VW diesel emissions is likely to have worsened pollution along the roadways where they have traveled, and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” said Dan Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute in Boston.

To say millions of people of people are breathing poor air as the result of that is not off the mark,” said Greenbaum, who runs the institute that is funded by both the EPA and the auto industry to serve as an independent arbiter of the science.

In a response Saturday night to an earlier request for comment, Volkswagen said the EPA has noted that the affected vehicles do not present a safety hazard and are legal to drive. “General allegations regarding links between NOX emissions from these affected vehicles and specific health effects are unverified. We have received no confirmed reports that the emissions from such vehicles caused any actual health problem,” the company said in a statement.

Now, as to the super technical stuff that the AP did ………

….. The AP calculated how much pollution was spewed year by year, starting with that broad 10 times to 40 times emissions level estimate from the EPA, then factoring in mileage and car number totals from EPA, the car company and Kelley Blue Book.

The results show an upper and lower limit of extra nitrogen oxides pollution allowed by VW’s subterfuge. The AP took those figures to scientists who previously created a sophisticated computer program that looks at air movement and numerous epidemiological studies on the health effects of pollutants. The result was a rough estimate on deaths and costs to society based on a certain amount of pollution triggering each death. …..

Now, the problem will all of this babbling nonsense is the obstinate fact that NOx levels have gone down during the same period of time (pdf) in the US.   

 

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It’s impossible that any extra deaths occurred because of poorer air quality, because our air “quality” has improved. 

The study from which the pic is derived mostly credits this to our 2008 recession, but, we’ve supposedly came out of the recession in 2010, so there’s that.  

Oh, yeh, how do I know this was written by our friend Seth?  At the bottom of the page of the original article ………

Online:

EASIUR computer model that calculates costs of air pollution: http://barney.ce.cmu.edu/~jinhyok/easiur/

EPA on Volkswagen emissions dodge: http://1.usa.gov/1KLXXH1

Volkswagen on the emissions dodge: http://www.vwdieselinfo.com/

EPA computer model that calculates death and social costs of pollution: http://www2.epa.gov/benmap

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Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears

Well, it’s nice to know the AP is unbiased and not misleading in any manner, else, we may call into question their super sciency analysis. 

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7 Responses to AP Goes Full Eco-Lunatic!!!! Goes For VW Throat By Publishing Seth Borenstein!!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    Most excellent sleuthing!…..I’m avoiding those types of articles…they damage my health

    …but on a side note…..I think what VW did is just ubber cool and funny as shit!

  2. leftinflagstaff says:

    Damn, all those tedious Science classes in school, when all I had to do was learn to count angels on the head of a pin.

  3. DirkH says:

    USA has to come up with some death toll otherwise the fine will look ridiculous compared to the GM ignition key fine (194 deaths or so – real ones).

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