Finally some good news for Cle - a reduction in air traffic pollution from Hopkins

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:49.

Airports are the largest air pollution generator in a community - larger than many coal fired power plants.    And the noise from airport landings and take offs reduces the quality of life (and sleep) for millions of people around the airport.  

Air travel is the least energy efficient mode of transportation. 

Airports depress housing values and thus depress tax revenues for airport communities. 

What neighbor wants an airport "HUB" in their backyard?  Might as well live next to a sewerage treatment plant.  Actually, when you think about it, living next to a sewerage treatment plant is HEALTHIER than breathing half burnt kerosene jet fuel and having your house vibrate every 60 seconds. 

While the purported "economic benefits" of air port traffic are touted by our local business, governmental, and media folks, the unanswered question is: what is the airport pollution really doing to our health and wealth?

Where is the 3D air pollution modeling for HOPKINS?   Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants provide software for such modeling.

The Hestia Project also provides waste carbon mappingThe Hestia system pinpoints the two biggest climate offenders in the metro Indianapolis area as the Harding St. Power Station, a coal-burning plant near the city center, and Indianapolis International Airport.   See image above.

Hopkins sits right down the prevailing south west wind from metro Cleveland - look at the runway direction - so everyone in Cleveland breathes in the jet exhaust.   

Fewer flights the better if you care about your lungs. 



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