Presentation on theme: "Chapter 16 Myth: Taxing Carbon Dioxide Will Work Mitch Williams."— Presentation transcript:
Chapter 16 Myth: Taxing Carbon Dioxide Will Work Mitch Williams
Forget It “The countries of the world will never agree on a global scheme to tax carbon dioxide” Restrain on developing countries China India Indonesia
Limitations on Neurotoxins U.S. emissions from coal-fired power plants total some 48 tons of mercury and 88 tons of lead per year. 25% of U.S. emissions from coal-burning power plants are deposited within the contiguous U.S. 30% of the mercury that settles onto the ground in the United States comes from other countries. China is the most problematic – 600 tons per year
USGS - 2009 Seven year long study that analyzed hundreds of fish, from 34 species, caught in 291 streams across the U.S. 100% contained mercury 25% “exceeded the criterion for the protection of humans who consume average amounts of fish.
In mid 2009, a study by Dan Laks at UCLA found that 1/3 of all U.S. women now have inorganic mercury in their blood. “Results suggest that chronic mercury exposure has reached a critical level where inorganic mercury deposition within the human body is accumulating with time.” “…risks of associated neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases will rise as well.”
Questions Which country contributes the largest amounts of neurotoxins into the air? How many U.S. women have inorganic mercury in their blood?