Minnesota Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison is urging Al Gore exploit poor, asthmatic children.
In the wake of Gore’s criticism of Obama on climate, Environment and Energy Daily reports:
“Instead of beating up on the president, what Gore needs to do is organize environmentalists,” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said…
“I haven’t seen any Inconvenient Truth 2s coming out,” the Minnesotan added, nudging Gore to use the credibility he commands among green-minded voters to emphasize the public-health upside of emissions cuts. “If Gore started going into low-income communities talking about asthma, he’d get crowds … will he do it or just write op-eds about who’s doing what?” [Emphasis added]
But no sort of air emissions in America (neither greenhouse gases nor conventional “pollutants”) are known to cause or exacerbate asthma. To the extent asthma is more of a problem among low-income families, the cause/trigger is very likely to be indoor exposure to allergens (cockroach feces, pet dander etc.). Ambient air quality in America has nothing to do with asthma.
These children need medical treatment not junk science-based propaganda.