Study: ‘Air Pollution Inequality’ Caused by Whites, Inhaled by Blacks, Hispanics

By Faye Higbee

So it’s finally come down to the idea that whites are causing air pollution and everyone else has to breathe it. Air pollution is racist. Just knew it all along, right? And it’s all whites fault. Damn that white privilege, it even extends to air pollution. A “study” stating that there is a “disparity” between those who breathe air pollution and those who cause it was published on Monday.

The study alleged: “Racial–ethnic disparities in pollution exposure and in consumption of goods and services in the United States are well documented. Some may find it intuitive that, on average, black and Hispanic minorities bear a disproportionate burden from the air pollution caused mainly by non-Hispanic whites, but this effect has not previously been directly established, let alone quantified. Our “pollution inequity” metric is generalizable to other pollution types and provides a simple and intuitive way of expressing a disparity between the pollution that people cause and the pollution to which they are exposed. Our results are timely, given public debate on issues relating to race, equity, and the regulation of pollution.”

The blame game continues

Now we have a topic called “environmental justice.” The day is coming, America, when these fools will go off the deep end. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of when.

“These findings confirm what most grassroots environmental justice leaders have known for decades. Whites are dumping their pollution on poor people and people of color.”
Texas Southern University public affairs professor Robert Bullard (this black professor was not part of the study, by the way)

Non-Hispanic whites experience about 17 percent less air pollution than they cause, while Hispanics are exposed to about 63 percent more air pollution than they cause. And blacks are exposed to about 56 percent more air pollution than they cause. Dark blue arrows indicate pollution produced while the light blue arrows show pollution exposure. (Photo: University of Minnesota / Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) – photo via USA Today

USA Today reported:

The type of pollution analyzed in the study is known as “PM 2.5” – tiny grains of “particulate matter” that are especially dangerous to human health because they can get deep into our lungs. Those particles, at 2.5 micrometers far smaller than the width of a human hair, are produced by car tailpipes, power plant smokestacks and burning materials.

The study found that black and Hispanic Americans bear a “pollution burden:” Blacks are exposed to about 56 percent more pollution than is caused by their consumption. For Hispanics, it is slightly higher – 63 percent…

“Someone had to make the pen you bought at the store,” said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Washington. “We wanted to look at where the pollution associated with making that pen is located. Is it close to where people live? And who lives there?”

For this study, the category “non-Hispanic whites” also includes Asian-Americans and Native Americans. This is based on the source that the researchers used: government data on personal expenditures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

I don’t like to break it to these folks, but Asian-Americans and Native Americans are not ‘white.’ Most Native Americans live away from pollution-filled metro areas. Asian-Americans mostly live in them. Their rational is deeply flawed because they threw in “spending” on “pollution-intensive goods” to the equation. Was this “study” done from a position of bias in the first place? And did taxpayers fund any of it? Because I object.

Large metro areas always have more air pollution than rural areas. The concentrations of black and Hispanic people in large metro areas is greater. But whites live there too, and they all breathe the same air. They have not taken into consideration cultural differences, just used “wealth” as a marker.

They used statistics on spending as their base- you can take any set of statistics and bend it to fit any narrative you wish. “Environmental justice” is another liberal buzzword that clouds the entire air pollution issue. Instead of looking to blame whites for air pollution, how about you just work on cleaning it up?