In her PoliticoPro report today about Congressional Democrat efforts to appeal to Republican mothers to help stop Congressional Republicans from limiting new EPA regulation of mercury from power plants, Bravender writes:
Power plants are responsible for about 50 percent of annual U.S. emissions.
Wow, that sounds like quite a bit — except that it’s not.
In fact total U.S. emissions of mercury amount to about one percent of total global emissions, with about 70 percent coming from Mother Nature. That means Mother Nature emits 140 times more mercury than U.S. power plants and the rest of mankind emits 55 times more mercury than U.S. power plants.
Moreover, there’s no evidence that typical levels of mercury in the ambient environment have harmed anybody ever.
Both facts go quite along way to putting that “50 percent” factoid in perspective. But of course, Politico readers weren’t afforded that perspective by Bravender because she apparently didn’t have the time or inclination to interview anyone other than airhead-ed Democrat attack dogs Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)