When It Comes To Pollution, The Plain Dealer Editorial Board Shows How Low You May Go

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 07:03.

I include below in its' entirety the most irresponsible words ever published by a newspaper, and I include the profiles of the Editorial Board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that published these words, on this day, for the permanent record, for all history. I include this editorial here because the Plain Dealer has a history of hiding their online content, and this content is terrorism that may not leave the free public view and record ever... this Plain Dealer editorial is the equivalent of bio-terrorism and should be prosecuted by the Federal Department of Homeland Security. The line: "Many youngsters and some adults suffer from respiratory problems, particularly in the summer, when smoggy days can be pure misery" is especially harmful and insulting to the citizens of Northeast Ohio, who live under health-crisis conditions here. The Plain Dealer is highly responsible for the poor health of our citizens, and the poor state of the regional and global environment, even as their editors deny the reality of climate change. They are hereby disgraced forever.

Editorial: When it comes to ozone, Cuyahoga County has gone as low as it can go

By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board

March 29, 2010, 4:31AM

To the federal government, eliminating ozone might seem like a game of limbo: Lower the ozone level and watch counties bend over backward to meet it.

They can't. State and local air-quality officials here in Northeast Ohio say they have reduced smog as much as they possibly can. The federal government ought to turn up its hearing aid and heed their pleas.

Instead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to lower ozone standards even more. If the feds have their way, the new standard would be 60 to 70 parts per billion, down from 75 parts per billion, perhaps by this August.

Someone has to put the kibosh on this foolish idea.

Eliminating ozone is an admirable goal. Many youngsters and some adults suffer from respiratory problems, particularly in the summer, when smoggy days can be pure misery.

But continuing to lower the standard, forcing local governments to slap on onerous regulations that make it difficult for counties to retain and attract businesses, will do little or nothing to vanquish smog.

Cuyahoga County can't meet the 75 parts per billion standard set in 2008, so how is it supposed to meet a more stringent one?

It's not for lack of trying. State and local officials have tackled the low-hanging fruit with little to show for it. Officials established the notorious E-check program, which monitors automobile emissions. They have demanded that companies add new pollution controls. Cleveland passed an ordinance against idling motor vehicles. None of it has worked.

Even banning gasoline-powered cars wouldn't make a difference. Former EPA officials have argued convincingly that this urban region's natural wind patterns and hot summer days make ground-level ozone inevitable.

There might be something that the federal government could do from its vantage point -- demanding cleaner cars and businesses comes to mind -- but the locals have more than done their part.

The U.S. EPA should put away its limbo stick and come up with solutions to the problem of ozone that make sense for Northeast Ohio.

The Plain Dealer Editorial Board

By Joey Morona

October 01, 2008, 11:29AM

Terrance C.Z. Egger
Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher, president and chief executive officer joined The Plain Dealer in May 2006. Prior to The Plain Dealer, he served as the president and publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he was the publisher and president. Previously, he was vice president of advertising for Tucson Newspapers in Tucson, Arizona. Terry also worked as marketing services manager and later advertising director for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers. He began his newspaper career at a small bi-weekly newspaper in Southern California. Prior to working in newspapers, Terry taught college communications courses in California. Egger is a native of Rock Island, Ill. He received a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. and a master's degree in speech communication from San Diego State University.
To contact Terry Egger: tegger [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-4216

Susan Goldberg
Susan Goldberg was named editor of The Plain Dealer in May of 2007. Prior to that she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News from 2003-07, after working as managing editor at the paper for four years. From 1989-99, Goldberg worked at USA Today, serving as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A Michigan native, Goldberg has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
To contact Susan Goldberg: sgoldberg [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-4123

Elizabeth Sullivan
Elizabeth Sullivan, who received a BA and MA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, started at The Plain Dealer in 1979 as a business reporter. She served in a variety of local and overseas reporting capacities, with one earlier stint as an editorial writer, before rejoining the editorial board in 2003 as an associate editor and foreign affairs columnist. In 2009, Sullivan was named editor of the editorial pages. Additionally, Sullivan writes many of the newspaper's editorials on energy, international and national security topics.
To contact Elizabeth Sullivan: esullivan [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-6153

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien came to The Plain Dealer staff in 1984 as a copy editor. Before joining the editorial board in 1993, he worked in numerous editing capacities in the news division, including assignments as day city editor and suburban editor. As the paper's deputy editorial page editor, he is primarily responsible for editing the Opinion pages' locally produced content, including each day's editorials and staff-produced columns. He also tracks issues in science, technology and medicine for the editorial board. His column appears on Thursdays.
To contact Kevin O'Brien: kobrien [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-4146

Joe Frolik
Before joining the editorial board in 2001, chief editorial writer Joe Frolik was The Plain Dealer's national correspondent for 12 years -- that's four presidential election cycles, in political-junkie terms. He wrote about personalities, strategies and issues, and also coordinated The Plain Dealer's opinion polling from 1996 through the 2000 election. Away from politics, he has covered earthquakes, hurricanes, space shots and Kenyon College's swimming dynasty. On the editorial page, he has written extensively about local and national government and politics, and about economic development. He was the lead writer in the opinion section's "Quiet Crisis" series on Northeast Ohio's struggle to reinvent its economy. His Saturday political notebook column debuted in January 2008.
To contact Joe Frolik: jfrolik [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-4548

Sharon Broussard
Sharon Broussard came to The Plain Dealer in 1991 to work as an education reporter in the Lake and Geauga bureau. She joined the editorial board in 1993 and covers a number of issues, from local and statewide education issues to suburban politics to Africa. She has worked on far-flung projects, traveling to the International AIDS Conferences in Bangkok, Thailand, and in Toronto, and writing columns about the worldwide scourge.
To contact Sharon Broussard: sbroussa [at] plaind [dot] com, (216) 999-4149

Christopher Evans
Christopher Evans joined The Plain Dealer in 1983 as a cops and courts reporter. He became a staff writer on the Sunday Magazine five years later. Evans wrote profiles of local celebrities including television evangelist Ernest Angley and boxing promoter Don King. He traveled to Nepal to investigate the mysterious beheading of a Jesuit priest killed in that Hindu kingdom, and tracked Salvadoran death squad leaders to their suburban townhouses in Florida for exclusive interviews. After the magazine ceased publication in December 2005, Evans joined the paper's Investigative Team. His stories helped free a woman wrongly convicted of murder, return an improperly released con man to prison and exposed land deals that profited private developers at the expense of taxpayers. Evans joined the editorial board in September 2008. He writes about Cleveland and Cuyahoga County issues.
To contact Christopher Evans: cevans [at] plaind [dot] com, 216-999-6139

Thomas Suddes
A native of Youngstown, Thomas Suddes joined The Plain Dealer in 1982; the next year, he transferred to the newspaper's Columbus bureau, where for 17 years he covered the Ohio General Assembly and the state budget. While at the Statehouse, Suddes was elected president of the century-old Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association. His Plain Dealer column on Ohio government and politics, which appears on Sundays, began in the 1980s. Late in 2000, Suddes left the newspaper's staff for graduate study at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism; he graduated in 2009 with a Ph.D. in mass communication. Suddes returned to The Plain Dealer in 2007 as a part-time editorial writer covering state affairs
To contact Thomas Suddes: tsuddes [at] gmail [dot] com

I expect the world's environmental movement to respond

In unreal NEO, "sustainability" is murder, and sustainabillies are murderers!

I expect the world's environmental movement to respond to the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the environmental crisis escalating here in the "green city by the blue lake", because of our incompetent leadership here.

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This "Editorial" is worth $ billions to Industry

This "Editorial" is worth $ billions to Industry and its' whores.

real NEO must surface the pollution whores in unreal NEO - their social diseases have already nearly killed the community.

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"Images of HCl"

I was googling about pollution and came across my video of pollution from the Arcelor Mittal Cleveland Works steel mill, above, linked as a tutoring illustration for "Images of HCl"... as it illustrates how approximately "1396 pounds of hydrochloric acid" are spewed into the environment each year by Mittal, here in Cleveland.

See, Cleveland is recognized by inquiring minds of the world, when exceptional.... in this case, for our under-regulated Mittal contributing to our environment approximately the following minerals and natural compounds:

1,355,080 pounds of particle pollution,
1,781,800 pounds of sulfur dioxide,
3,637,640 pounds of nitrogen oxides,
37,047,800 pounds of carbon monoxide,
194,760 pounds of organic chemicals.
23,576 pounds of zinc,
3,246 pounds of manganese,
1,396 pounds of hydrochloric acid,
363 pounds of lead,
99 pounds of vanadium,
72 pounds of chromium,
40 pounds of copper,
33 pounds of barium,
22 pounds of cadmium,
08 pounds of mercury
... dumped into Clevelands air in 2006
... probably higher levels in 2010

Pollution from Mittal Cleveland Works

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