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There are too many confounding variables in play
Yep. I know.

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he OP's source's estimate is essentially invalid as would the estimate of those you mention.
Agreed. BUT, the purveyors of the OPs source don't agree so, they could have at least done the courtesy of applying their silliness to answering the other question.

I say this because in order to actually make an INFORMED decision, one can't have the answer to ONLY ONE of those questions.

For example. What is someone put out a stat that ONLY listed those saved by pollution? A reasonable person would say "yeah, but how many does it kill?".

And yet, the average idiot hears such half stats and gobble them up.






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What happened to all the smog in LA? I have not seen or heard anything about it in years. Did environmental regulations fix the problem or did the media just quit reporting about it?


IDK. But the catalytic converter, unleaded gasolines, and low sulfur diesels have likely helped. I have very little issue these kind of regulations because without them third party private property is negatively affected.






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Setting aside the AGW argument, could these numbers influence your opinion on alternate/green energy investment?
You cannot "set aside the AGW argument" because AGW sucks the life out of all other environmental funding, research, and alternatives.

Consider the environmental advantages of running 18 wheelers, Hydrocarbon-based electrical plants, locomotives, etc. on NatGas. But AGW stops that discussion dead in its tracks.

OTOH, poor sanitation as a 'pollutant' kills far more people annually than does air pollution. Again, consider the potential low cost improvements in that arena if we weren't throwing money hand-over-fist at the AGW idiocy.

Similarly, over-population is another major issue. It is solvable. Intense focus on AGW takes away interest in addressing that too.






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However, blowing billions chasing pipe-dream "green" energy, when that $$$ could be better used in developing cleaner means of using existing, cheaper energy sources, is foolhardy.

You do know you can invest in making green energy more efficient, right?






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You do know you can invest in making green energy more efficient, right?

Of course. But, he is rightly pointing out that resources are finite and as such, choices mean trade offs.

I still want to know why the stat in the OP is missing the other half of necessary information for their stat to mean anything?






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What is someone put out a stat that ONLY listed those saved by pollution?

Can you give us some examples of people who have been saved by pollution?






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7,000,000/7,125,000,000 = 0.00098

Sounds okay to me.....






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Why just green energy? Don't you think manufacturing has a lot to do with it as well?






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Can you give us some examples of people who have been saved by pollution?

Seriously? How many people eat every day because of things that get food to them that pollute as they do it? How many people eat every day because of farming methods that increase production? How many people survive winters every day because their house is warmed by electricity provided by even the cleanest of power plants?

I could literally do that all damned day. And you can't think of any? Cmon. You're not trying.

I don't know how many people are alive today because of things provided by technology that pollutes, but I damned sure know the number aint small.

Acting like such technologies have negative consequences ONLY is just a glaring issue.






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Well that's good right? I mean don't the environmentalist tell us the world is overpopulated?


It is hilarious. Liberals tell us polution is bad then promote population growth with their handouts and policies. It makes no sense.







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Setting aside the AGW argument, could these numbers influence your opinion on alternate/green energy investment?

Do you know how many would die? I mean third world, brown/black people






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How many people eat every day because of things that get food to them that pollute as they do it? How many people eat every day because of farming methods that increase production? How many people survive winters every day because their house is warmed by electricity provided by even the cleanest of power plants?

Pollution isn't saving those people. Technology is saving them. Technology generally must be powered by something...coal, petroleum, nuclear, solar, wind, etc.






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could these numbers influence your opinion on alternate/green energy investment?


Nuclear is the only viable option. Look at France's energy grid as a great example. France has the lowest energy costs of any European country. It has the cleanest air in Western Europe and it is a net exporter of energy to its neighbors. 80% of France's electric grid is nuclear.

Popular green alternatives such as Wind and Solar simply aren't viable. They do no produce enough energy to support a fraction of the energy needs of a developed country much less a developing country. Furthermore, wind and solar are unreliable in terms of constant production and therefore must be supplemented by natural gas, a fossil fuel. Any international policy on energy that prohibits nuclear and limits fossil fuels is sentencing developing countries to remain in 3rd world status.

While I agree that we must begin the move from fossil fuels for a variety of reasons - environmental, security, etc. - the solution is not wind and solar.

There is a relatively new documentary called "Pandora's Promise" that discusses this issue focusing on environmentalist who have changed their stance on nuclear power. It's a rather interesting film.



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Pollution isn't saving those people. Technology is saving them
The same tech that pollutes.
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Technology generally must be powered by something...coal, petroleum, nuclear, solar, wind, etc.

Exactly. And, at least today, solar and wind only would mean a LOT less of the things that save people.

Hence, if one is going say certain tech is polluting and therefore killing 7 million, then it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to know what effect not having said pollution would have.

If you don't know the latter, the former is literally a meaningless number. If you don't have the latter, you might think simply reducing the former is good all by itself.

But, if you COULD wave a magic wand TODAY and suddenly, only clean energy we are able to use today was used, people most certainly WOULD DIE. Let's not pretend we don't know that.

Do we want cleaner energy? Yep. But, I don't need to be scared into it because I also know that there are people EVERY WINTER who would be dead if current tech wasn't being used.






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Exactly. And, at least today, solar and wind only would mean a LOT less of the things that save people.

I think you misunderstand what I mean by "investment". It doesn't mean dumping all existing technologies in liue of existing green technologies. It means investing $ to improve the efficiency of existing green technologies.

Think about how difficult it is to get oil out of the ground and turn it into gas for your car. You have to find where it is. You have to drill thousands of feet underground to reach it. You have to pump it out and store it or pipe it to a centralized location. Then it has to be shipped (possibly overseas) to a refinery. Then it has to be refined. Then it has to be trucked to a distribution station where it is finally sold to you for a measly $3/gallon ...which could transport you 5 times farther than it could 50 years a.go There have been incredible breakthroughs in efficiency in this process. It's pretty damn impressive.

Why is it so difficult to think we can't improve the efficiency of solar or wind energy? The industry is what? 15 yeasr old.






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Nuclear is the only viable option.

I agree for now.

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Popular green alternatives such as Wind and Solar simply aren't viable.

In their current state, yes. But see my thread above. Why is it so hard to believe we can improve efficiency in these technologies over time?






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In their current state, yes.


So why is the US providing grants, loans, and tax credits for products that are not effective?






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7,000,000/7,125,000,000 = 0.00098 Sounds okay to me.....


Would be interesting to know where those people died.

The article indicates that 1/3 or 2.3M+ were in Asia. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the combination of increasing regulations and therefore manufacturing costs in the US combined with globalization has shifted these deaths towards undeveloped countries.

I think what a lot of people don't realize is that businesses need to make a competitive profit in order to provide goods and services. It's not that Samsung needs to make an awesome TV at the highest margin possible, it's that Samsung's margin needs to be better than Sony's in order to please both customers and investors. Investors by the way aren't just guys with top hats, wear monacles, have pocket watches, and roll around in piles of gold in scrooge mcduck vaults, it's everyone that has a 401k plan.

If we really want to minimize pollution we need to make regulations and enforcement more realistic to lower manufacturing costs here and incent companies to manafacture here. Otherwise you are asking less developed countries to increase their regulations; and how are you supposed to do that? How are you supposed to force china to "do the right thing" for pollution at the expense of their economy (without military force)?

So, we can lament the deaths and think that we need to do something, but until someone comes up with a realistic and workable solution nothing will happen.






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I think you misunderstand what I mean by "investment". It doesn't mean dumping all existing technologies in liue of existing green technologies. It means investing $ to improve the efficiency of existing green technologies.


I understood. I simply took issue with a stat that is flatly false. In order to calculate how many people total are dead due to a cause, one must know if that cause has any SAVING effects also. We'll call that X.

Hence, a valid stat would say the total number dead today because of polluting technologies is 7M - X.







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Why is it so difficult to think we can't improve the efficiency of solar or wind energy?


The one possible problem with your pov is say we drop oil, coal, natural gas, etc. type energies that comes out of the ground. Just how many solar panels, wind turbines and any other above ground sources of energy will dot the countryside in order to provide all the fossil fuel energies now being used to provide energy at this day and time?

I would think that it wouldn't be a breathtaking pastoral picture.






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