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Lancet report indicates 9 million pollution deaths per year and $4.6 trillion per year in damage

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Pollution causes far more deaths than any other single cause
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'For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths...15X the combined effect of ALL wars and other forms of violence.

The claim that pollution control stifles economic growth and that poor countries must pollute to grow is false...In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four.'

In fact, tax policy should shift entirely off wages, sales, and other deadweight costs to production and onto the use of resources and pollution instead. It is literally a life-and-death decision.
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Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection.

His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:
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Scott is a former President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist activist group. He has written dozens of articles for (more...)
 

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