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Most State SIPs Assume Not One Molecule of Pollution Comes from a Foreign Country

November 13, 2012

Most State SIPs assume that not even one molecule of foreign pollution is impacting the State—even though evidence from NOAA, EPA, Harvard University, the United Nations and other research institutions proves otherwise (see for example Houston SIP and foreign pollution acknowledgement petition).

Imagine Christopher Columbus coming back from the New World and telling the King of Spain, “I found the New World” and the King responding, “Yeah, well how many miles away is it? . . .  Until you can prove how many miles away it is my assumption is going to be that it does not exist.”

Just because it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how many molecules of foreign pollution is impacting a SIP does not mean that we can then assume by default that not one molecule is impacting the area.  An assumption that the New World does not exist because you cannot prove the mileage is absurd.  To live such an assumption would be to propagate a lie.

We must acknowledge foreign pollution exists and give it some value—even if that value is wrong.  Why?  Because to not give it a value is to deny its existence—which we know is an absolute wrong.

The world is changing.  We must change with it.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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