Monday, January 03, 2011

Best Comment Of The Day: Pollution Shows No Respect For Neighborhood Boundaries

I'm sure you're aware that this is not only about air quality in Red Hook - the pollution from the ships shows no respect for neighborhood boundaries and affects all of our neighborhoods - Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Street, and beyond. Ship pollution - from all types of ships - is a problem for our entire city. Mitigating the cruise ship pollution in Brooklyn would be the first small step in eliminating these harmful yet avoidable emissions from our air, and our kids' lungs.

That shouldn't downplay the importance of ths plan, however. The Port Athority, in a statment made to the Public Service Commission in support of this plan, stated (read my latest post for the link to their statement) that plugging the Brooklyn cruise ships in to shore power would save an estimated $9 million per year in health costs to Brooklyn residents.

That means that currently the yearly monetized health cost to Brooklyn residents of the cruise ship pollution alone is $9 Million - that's per year, in cancer, asthma, heart disease and premature death.

That's important.

Thanks again for covering it. See you at the rally.


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