What they are not telling you about air quality in France: why air purifiers must become more widely used
Federalist Party candidates will officially be making air quality a campaign issue this coming season. For more, our staff researchers have written an article explaining why voters should be concerned, and why the present leadership have failed to address the wide concerns held by health experts and scientists across the country and EU:
Air quality in Europe is not thought to be an issue by many, especially compared with notorious smog hubs like Beijing or Delhi. France’s countryside is idyllic, and the low number of coal and gas plants keeps our air largely free of pollutants. That is the traditional wisdom in any case. The reality is that an air quality crisis has emerged without most of the public being made aware of it.
Paris smog is the most widely reported aspect of the current crisis. The smog became so bad this past summer that it set new records, and the winter smog this past season has been triggering public safety warnings and attempts to curb pollution for the first time. The outrage is justified, given that the present leadership in the French government has allowed this to occur with little to no resistance.
Diesel vehicles have not been regulated until this year. Instead of maintaining strong air quality standards in France, we have allowed the EU to be the regulating party, and leading automakers, especially those who produce diesel vehicles like Volkswagen, have been flagrantly disregarding emissions standards for years, and are wildly off-target when tested in real-world conditions.
Wildfires in Spain have also spread large clouds of ash and soot across the continent with the Western airflow. Arsonists set much of the countryside ablaze in Northwest Spain over the past dry season, and wildfires are expected to continue to be a problem this coming summer.
Currents from China and Russia have also been carrying smog pollution across the continent to new and alarming degrees. An Eastern European air crisis continues to develop in Poland and the rest of the former Soviet Block, as many countries increase their consumption of natural gas and oil from Russia with inefficient power plants and unchecked emissions.
Due to the continued fear of nuclear plant problems, especially after the recent explosion near a French plant and the foiling of terrorist plans to attack a power plant in Belgium, nuclear power is on the way out in Europe. Instead of moving toward a renewable energy future and allowing the ever-cheaper market costs of green energy to progress naturally, governments have bowed to the interests of the fossil fuel lobby and turned on defunct coal and gas plants. Increased coal and natural gas use in Germany has massively contributed to emissions and pollution all across Europe.
The WHO has released a new survey showing 90,000 premature deaths every year linked to air quality, in Europe alone. That should be an alarming figure to anybody, and the fact that the problem is dealt with in an utterly inadequate way in the city of Paris and ignored in the larger countryside of France is evidence of total incompetence on the part of the Hollande administration.
For the first time, air purifiers which used to be popular only in China and America have now started to be developed and recommended for use in Europe. Dutch engineers have experimented with large-scale outdoor purification, while Dyson have made inroads with indoor solutions. What used to be thought of as a silly gimmick is now a necessity, since indoor air quality in French cities is so appallingly bad. Authorities are also recommending that elderly and children limit outdoor time in French cities this summer, which is an unprecedented step for a Western European country.
To combat this crisis, the Federalist Party recommends:
-eliminating special tax loopholes and exemptions for power companies who do not meet or exceed emissions standards
-tax credits for utility companies producing zero-carbon, renewable electricity
-tax credits for consumers who install solar panels
-incentivize consumers buy electric cars by expanding charging infrastructure and subsidizing costs
-expand cycle networks and public transportation across France, especially in Paris
-phase out all diesel vehicles by 2050, using a system of tax incentives and new regulations
Voters are encouraged to demand that air quality issues receive an adequate debate in election forums and discussions, and should share these concerns with friends and neighbors in an effort to boost support of Federalist Party candidates.
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