Let the inhaler hoarding begin

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Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution. Photo by Christy Newell, Will Steger Foundation Intern

First, let’s go back a month,  this from the Will Steger Foundation:

On Tuesday [August 2nd 2011], State Senator Torres Ray said, “I’m delighted to participate in the air quality awareness event organized by the Sierra Club in Minneapolis. Air Pollution caused by humans is an increasing danger for people and the environment. I’m very concerned about the threat to public health posed by cities’ air pollution. Many children and seniors in our City are being diagnosed with asthma disorders and need to take strong measures to address it.”

Residents are also calling upon the Obama administration to protect children’s health by issuing strong protections from air pollution like smog. The EPA was scheduled to release its final rule on smog on July 29 but announced last week that it would delay finalizing the rule. The new ozone standard would protect some of America’s most vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly, from respiratory illnesses like asthma. “EPA’s Science Advisory Board and health professionals have advocated a stricter standard for most of the 40 years that we’ve been monitoring ozone in the air we breathe,” said Dr. Simcik, a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. “We need an educated public to support these experts and politicians in protecting both our health and our economy.” Dr. Simcik and other concerned citizens of Minneapolis urged the Obama administration to stand up for public health and to issue long overdue clean air protections that protect public health.

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So the Sierra Club wants to reduce Ozone. But now in the story below the FDA wants to protect it by banning OTC inhalers. Wait…What?

(Yes I know, tropospheric -vs- stratospheric ozone, different animals. But the inhaler imagery with kids has become an icon for eco-crusades, so that’s why I’m pointing it out)

From MSNBC, madness lunacy %$!!@*&^^!! over ozone and an inconsequential amount of CFC’s:

Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government’s latest attempt to protect the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.

The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.

But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.

But I wonder, will the American Lung Association get all flustered and launch an ad campaign like they did last November over California’s Proposition 23?

I doubt it, because as we all know, kids with inhalers are needed to combat big oil and CO2.

The eco-world has gone beserkers with this one, even CBS News is asking: Why? Me too especially since global ozone is predicted to recover:

Figure 2. Percent Change in Annual Averaged Global Total Ozone

The graph above is from a 2004 EPA report which says:

Assuming only halocarbons from human activities are affecting ozone and global compliance with the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is expected to recover by the middle of the 21st century.

And this is well before the FDA decided they had to ban inhalers. Something smells about this.

What will really happen is that this will turn regular people and children into scofflaws, and they’ll buy over the counter inhalers in other countries like Mexico and have them shipped here. It will be another giant sucking sound.

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The frantic rush of the progressive bureau-weenies toward regulation nation is really just beginning, because they have become dimly aware they only have 5 more quarters in control of the Executive branch and the Senate. The 113th congress will have a lot of heavy lifting to do in the area of rolling back regulatory overreach.
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“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

Theo Goodwin

The Chief Watermelon loves her power and the American public needs to feel it. She is doing it for your own good. Her Momma did it to her.

So this is what its come to. And its not done on its journey. But here it is, risking the lives of children. If there was ever any proof necessary that these people are misanthropists, does one need to look any further?
Ozone? We only think its worth considering because when we finally had a way to measure it, we discovered a hole we didn’t think was suppose to be there. We don’t know that it wasn’t suppose to be like that all along! And, there’s mounting evidence the hole serves a useful purpose!

Brad Kurtz

This is insane, but blame big pharma and not Obama. This is what lobbying dollars buy you, a nice gov controlled monopoly. This works in both Repub and Dem administrations. Remember Bushes unfunded medicare part D where the government had to pay whatever the pharmas asked for drugs and could not negotiate. Ten of billions in debt, right there.

Andre

…ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
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In accordance with another theory ozone layer itself is made by Solar radiation.

Dishman

The patent holder on the non-CFC inhalers had a better lobbying campaign.

Frank K.

So… the Greens and the climate/ozone elites don’t care if children with asthma die as long as a harmless, miniscule amount of CFC vapor is prevented from being potentially released into the atmosphere from the inhalers…

Doug in Seattle

Its not about CFCs. It never was. Its about control.

Olen

Should any agency have that much power?

Philip Bradley

I’m very concerned about the threat to public health posed by cities’ air pollution. Many children and seniors in our City are being diagnosed with asthma disorders and need to take strong measures to address it.”
The incidence of asthma is strongly correlated with air cleanliness. The cleaner the air the higher the incidence of asthma.
It could be like cleanliness and allergies. Not being exposed (to air pollutants) at a certain stage of development makes you susceptible later in life.
The AGW hysteria is probably contributing by the constant references to ‘carbon pollution’ makes people think CO2 is a real pollutant.

D. King

Brad Kurtz says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm
This is insane, but blame big pharma and not Obama.
The Montreal Protocol was signed under Clinton (Carol Browner)
You know, this Carol Browner.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/12/obama-climate-czar-has-socialist-ties/?page=all

Jesse

I am not a climate scientist, only an interested observer. During the last few years I have become totally disgusted with the scare tactics exercised by our governments, the sensationalist media, and the revenue suckers who feed the propoganda machine. I’m beginning to think common sense no longer exists.

Catcracking

Brad,
Tough to see the connection to the topic
What you fail to mention is that the Dems wanted a much more expensive program for Medicare Part B and are still smarting because they could not push the government run more inefficient program through.
They lost, the taxpayers won with a lower cost competitive system which has not exceeded cost estimates.
Blame big Pharma? I guess blaming Bush is not credible anymore?

Gordon Cargal

I am an asthmatic. When they changed the legal inhalers it was immediately obvious that the medicine delivery was poor and the effectiveness of the meds was undercut significantly. Any lawyers out there want to study this and start suing? I would join a class action in a New York Minute. This is the dumbest thing ever done by the EPA and I suspect it was fully supported by the drug manufacturers because all the generic patents went away in a puff and they immediately made money hand over fist. This was the issue that started my long and now fervent fight against insane environmental activism. I will fight the lunatics with literally my dying breath thanks to malevolent government agencies like the EPA.

More proof that for environmentalists the environment matters more than people. Some asthmatics will pay the ultimate price for this (and I’m not talking about increased drug costs). I agree with Anthony: “%$!!@*&^^!!”

ferdberple

The Ozone Layer is driven by solar activity. This has been known for 20 years. The US government is responding to junk science used by drug companies to sell prescription drugs.
Take for instance the idea the a low salt diet is good. Well, we know that in morbidly obese people, reducing salt lowers blood volume and thus lowers blood pressure, increasing life spans. However, there is ZERO science that reduced salt diets are good for healthy people.
Yet the US government continues to promote low salt diets for healthy people. We might as well argue that since digitalis is good for people with heart conditions, it will be good for everyone else as well.
What we do know is that US cadavers in WWII showed almost no evidence of heart disease, and yet the US cadavers in the Korean war showed advanced heart disease, even in 18 year old combatants. So the question should been what happened between 1940 and 1950 that caused US heart disease to spike? It wasn’t salt that is for sure.
The number 1 one suspect? Artificial food introduced during WWII. Food that didn’t need to be canned, that could sit unrefrigerated forever and never rot. Maybe, just maybe the human body was never designed to eat such a product. However, there have been many fortunes made off artificial food, so don’t expect any serious investigations. The problem is the public. They are eating too much salt. Or using too many inhalers.

Honest ABE

You missed the much more amusing AP version of the story:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PTK9DO0.htm
which describes CFC’s as “carbon gas that depletes the Earth’s atmosphere.”
Yep, that evil carbon again ;).

David Chorley

The problem with this article is that it is wrong for the right reasons: in my medical opinion (real doctor, family medicine, board certified) the epinephrine inhaler is dangerous and should be withdrawn or made Rx. 5000 mild to moderate asthmatics die every year in the US because of inadequate primary care interventions. Epinephrine sensitises the heart muscle and increases contractility, heart rate and the potential for fatal arrhythmias. Having it available otc enables asthmatics to fly “under the radar” and not have a comprehensive medical plan to deal with their disease: inevitably increases ER visits and makes delivery of medical services more expensive to the taxpayer or person with insurance as these visits have to be paid for somewhere. The Rx drug of choice is Albuterol, a version of which is available at WalMart for around $10. Admittedly inhaled steroids are more expensive, but if the lunatics who run the asylum hadn’t insisted on the HFA propellants some inhaled steroids would be generic by now. The amount of CFCs produced by all the inhalers in the world wouldn’t amount to the margin of error in measurement when dispersed into the atmosphere. Big business goes along with the farce because it makes money, like the Flexfuel fiasco or the compact fluorecent lights.

Ozone and asthma are INVERSELY related. I showed it here, using EPA’s own damn data:
http://polistrasmill.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-minute-to-disprove.html

Robert Doyle

Another Smoldering Stogie of Misinformation from the Lung Association
If you watch Fox News—and really, who doesn’t watch Fox News?—you’ve probably seen the ads the American Lung Association is running displaying a red baby carriage with a coughing infant making its way to the U.S. capitol, urging us to urge Congress not to “weaken” the Clean Air Act. “More air pollution means more childhood asthma,” the narrator says. (There isn’t a direct link to the ad, but you can find it on the linked site of their PR agency, the Plowshare Group, and if that name doesn’t give it all way. . .)
“Congress can’t ignore the facts,” the narrator says, but apparently the ALA can. Is there any place in the U.S. that is experiencing “more” air pollution? If there is, I am not aware of it, nor am I aware of any EPA data that supports that claim. Air pollution continues to fall everywhere in the U.S., and is going to continue to decline. The ALA ad is fundamentally dishonest in that Congress is not proposing to “weaken” the Clean Air Act; it is merely proposing to stop its further extension that will do little or nothing to accelerate the continuing decline in air pollution levels. (The EPA’s own computer models, for example, predict about a 60 percent decline in emissions from cars and trucks over the next 20 years simply from fleet turnover.) In fact, the recent ozone rules that Obama dumped would have had no effect, for example, on the rate at which air pollution is falling in Los Angeles. (Emissions from cars and trucks have been falling about 8 percent a year for over a decade, with more to come.) All it would have done is put about 85 percent of the nation in “nonattainment” areas, tripping requirements to expand their regulatory bureaucracies.
More to the point is that the health effects claims of the ALA and other greenies are probably wrong, or at least out of date. Yes, the incidence of asthma has been steadily increasing, though most of the research into why this is occurring suggest the cause is some kind of autoimmune anomaly, and not air pollution levels. While air pollution, especially particulates, may trigger asthma in people who already have it, it almost certainly does not cause someone to contract the ailment. (While our EPA is slavish to the alarmist line, check out Australia’s Office of Health, which says straightforwardly: “There is no evidence that air pollution causes asthma.”) In fact, guess which nations have some of the lowest asthma rates according to the 1998 International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC): China, India, Mexico, and Indonesia—not exactly known as low air pollution nations, to put it lightly. Oddly, the nations with cleaner air have higher asthma rates.
Mr. Hayward’s article appears here:
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/09/another-smoldering-stogie-of-misinformation-from-the-lung-association.php

R. de Haan

AGW as a ground for genocide
Armed Troops Burn Down Homes, Kill Children To Evict Ugandans In Name Of Global Warming
http://www.prisonplanet.com/armed-troops-burn-down-homes-kill-children-to-evict-ugandans-in-name-of-global-warming.html

Anton

This is unconscionable. Prescription inhalers have already been reformulated to allegedly protect the ozone layer. Problem is, they are no longer very effective because the propellants approved by the EPA don’t get the medication into the lungs.
People who cannot afford the prescription inhalers are being even more cruelly endangered by this insane administration. At what point do living creatures (many animals rely on asthma inhalers, too) take precedence over an imaginary being, the physical Earth Mother? Is there no end in sight to this superstitious nonsense? As a former pagan, now agnostic, I can certainly empathize with Earth Mother worshipers, but not at the expense of living physical entities and their desperate need to breathe. The cruelty, stupidity, and insensitivity of these supposedly enlightened beings are astounding. I’m also appalled at their lateness to the party: Everything they believe in was already metaphysically passé by 1980.

“We need an educated public to support these experts and politicians in protecting both our health and our economy.”
– Dr. Simcik
– – – – – – – – –
Uh, we are saying “No!” … what part are you not connecting with? Remember last November, and a couple of elections (NY Ninth for one) just within the last two weeks?
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Mkelley

“Air Pollution caused by humans is an increasing danger for people and the environment.” As usual, the environmentalists are lying. Real pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide have all been trending down for years: http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/index.html

Robert Doyle says on September 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Another Smoldering Stogie of Misinformation from the Lung Association
If you watch Fox News—and really, who doesn’t watch Fox News?—you’ve probably seen the ads the American Lung Association is running displaying a red baby carriage with a coughing infant making its way to the U.S. capitol, urging us to urge Congress not to “weaken” the Clean Air Act. …

That’s funny; I need the EPA here, tonight, on my street.
Somebody is burning something again and it doesn’t smell like simple firewood! Once again, the EPA is straining for the gnats and swallowing ‘the camels’ … GET the danged economy going again and ppl won’t be burning crap (incl plastics and printed cardboard boxes) JUST to cook a meal or get warm! How would THAT do for improving “air quality”?
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Theo Goodwin

Brad Kurtz says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Obama appointed this Watermelon to her job knowing exactly what she is. Obama asked for the ruling on CO2. Obama and the EPA are out of control. The EPA is a danger to America and should be abolished immediately.

Leon Brozyna

It’s such a little thing.
The inhaler?
No … the bureaucratic mind that comes up with such utter stupidity.

Dr. Bob

As a scientist, I have long thought that there was an inverse relationship between asthma and air pollution but never had the data to demonstrate the relationship. Thanks to the people that posted here, I now have the information. I grew up in LA in the 1950-70 time frame and never knew anyone with asthma. How much of the diagnosis of asthma is due to attribution and how much is due to cleaner air. Man never was made to be perfectly clean. Dirt builds immune systems. So maybe, with nothing better to do, the immune system starts attacking the body instead of non-existent invasive germs.

Spinifers

Well I’m one of the people affected by this. I have asthma, as do my father and grandmother. Not only can I not afford doctors and prescription inhalers, I’ve tried them all before (my father can afford them) and none of them work as well or quickly as Primatene Mist, the only OTC inhaler. Not even remotely as well. I am desperately begging and borrowing money to hoard these, but even if I had thousands, they’ll expire in a year or two anyway. What then?
The alternatives not only don’t work as well (for some of us, like all medications reactions vary), but some are actually harmful. Take the ‘asthma medication’ Advair for example, from which users “have an increased risk of death from asthma problems.”
see http://www.advair.com/ (first bullet point).
To me this ban is a death sentence. I can’t afford the alternatives, and even if I could my quality of life will still go way down. I don’t have the faintest idea what I’m supposed to do. It’s hard to believe this is happening, and in America of all places. I can only hope some sort of inhaler black market will open up.
If anyone wants to add some support to a [no doubt futile] attempt to bring some more attention to the issue, you could sign this petition on the new whitehouse.gov petition site:
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/legalize-cfc-asthma-copd-and-cystic-fibrosis-inhalers/W05N2D6s?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
Here’s another website with doctor/patient quotes and some ozone/CFC/HFA science links if anyone’s interested:
https://www.savecfcinhalers.org/JUNK_SCIENCE_KILLS.html

Mac the Knife

• Fiscal Responsibility
• Constitutionally Limited Government
• Free Markets
We have barely 13 months left to organize, muster a voting majority, and this progressive disaster out of every office we can achieve. We can’t effect real change in the progressive bureaucracies and agencies unless their political supporters are ousted.

TBear (Warm Cave in Cold-as-Snow-Sydney)

Well, I don’t know enough about the atmospheric science to say if OTC inhalers matter a rats-arse or not, but I do know this: if you double or triple the price of inhalers people, mainly in lower socio-economic groups, will die. And quite a few.
Presently about 250,000 die from asthma each year, globally.
One key risk area is the `acute asthma attack’, at home, with no-one around to help. A sufferer has trouble speaking. If no inhaler is available, the chances of an acute attack rise. If no inhaler is available and an acute attack sets in, the chances of dying before reaching hospital are significantly increased. I know this as my wife is a chronic asthmatic and has experienced several near death acute episodes. It is a frightenning thing to see, let alone experience. Asthmatics can become absolutely terrified about their next acute attack, as they know how hight the stakes are.
Diffiucult to put numbers on any of these things, but let’s assume a 300% price rise results in a 10% increase in worldwide deaths from a decrease in compliance with prudent asthma management which, on any view of it, includes having an inhaler available at all times. That equates to 25,000 deaths per year sacrificed on the basis of some (probably, it seems) loopy theory about OTC inhalers contributing to the end of civilisation as we know it …
These people are misanthropes.

RandomThesis

If it bleeds, it leads. If it’s not bleeding, kick it until it bleeds. And so our sensationalizing press doesn’t worry about such little trivial things like facts. And when it comes to sensationalizing, FoxNews is no better (or worse) than the rest of the MSM.

kim

So wait, is the ban actually against over-the-counter epinephrine as Dr. Chorley @ 8:08 above intimates, or is it against the trivial amount of flourocarbons in the dispenser. I know the reason that was used, but wonder about back channel dismay about epinephrine, AKA adrenaline.
Note, Doc, how many lives have been saved by the easy availability of a life saving drug.
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Dennis Wingo

They tried to do this in 2007 and we helped to beat it back. Spread this far and wide and hopefully we can kill it again.

jphilips

Philip Bradley says: September 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm
…The incidence of asthma is strongly correlated with air cleanliness. The cleaner the air the higher the incidence of asthma.

I believe cigarettes are beneficial to asthmatics too!!!
– ridiculous.

Legatus

The EPA was all set for their great CO2 as a pollutant power grab, but that is now on hold. What to do? Invent another threat in yet another grab for power and to justify their budget. That is all this is.
Expect them to find more “dire threats” and invent reasons to regulate or ban smaller and smaller amounts of these “threats”. They need to “save the planet”, and if we don’t let them save us from CO2, they will just find some other excuse to “save” (control) us (and save their budget).

Legatus

BTW, about that ozone hole…
I was listening to a talk show a number of years ago when I heard a caller call in and talk about when they first discovered the ozone hole. It was, I believe, written about in NASA magazine. If i remember right, it was in a 1938 edition…
“Ozone destroying” chemicals were not invented untill the late 50’s or used till the early 60’s.

Spinifers

kim says:
“So wait, is the ban actually against over-the-counter epinephrine as Dr. Chorley @ 8:08 above intimates, or is it against the trivial amount of flourocarbons in the dispenser.”
It’s against the CFCs themselves:
http://www.primatene.com/doc/PressRelease07-27-2011.pdf

James H

I’ll have to agree with Gordon Cargal and Anton, the compliant inhalers are very weak. You press it, and hardly anything comes out – it’s hard to get relief from it if you’re already wheezing and can’t draw in a big breath. This Montreal Protocal crap has been out of hand for a while, but as a treaty, there is nothing we can do unless every signatory agrees.

James H

Oh, I forgot to mention that it’s not available in the generic form anymore, so I get to pay big $$$ for something that works like crap.

Bob Diaz

To me it appears that environmentalists fall into one of two groups:
(1) Those who want to use excessive regulations to bring about Marxism. The pattern seems to be to take money from wealth nations and give it to poor nations.
(2) Those who act like humans are a virus on the Earth.
This appears to be the virus group and they appear to be a cold lot.
Why would anyone want to have others suffer?

Dave Springer

Gordon Cargal says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm
“I am an asthmatic”
One of my kids has asthma.
“When they changed the legal inhalers it was immediately obvious that the medicine delivery was poor and the effectiveness of the meds was undercut significantly.”
Yup. Price skyrocketed and it didn’t work nearly as well. Especially albuterol which is a rescue inhaler and you need that to be as effective as possible as quickly as possible.
“Any lawyers out there want to study this and start suing? I would join a class action in a New York Minute.”
Count me in too. That would probably be the biggest class in history of class actions. EPA probably can’t be sued. Rick Perry would be happy to fire the whole lot of rent seeking bureaucrats in that agency and a number of others. He’ll do it too if we give him the chance.
“This is the dumbest thing ever done by the EPA and I suspect it was fully supported by the drug manufacturers because all the generic patents went away in a puff and they immediately made money hand over fist.”
That agency has done a lot of dumb things. You’d need a graduate degree in EPA Extremities to sort out the dumbest. You’d need to at least minor in US Fish & Wildlife Service Senselessness to figure out which agency is altogether stupider.
“This was the issue that started my long and now fervent fight against insane environmental activism. I will fight the lunatics with literally my dying breath thanks to malevolent government agencies like the EPA.”
Vote for Rick Perry. He’ll clean house in the US Fish & Wildlife Service too. They hurt a lot of farmers in Texas, condemning vast tracts of land to protect useless things like cave crickets, blind salamandars, and bird species that are really sub-species at best that take an expert to tell apart from more common members of the species, and so forth. I have at least two endangered species on my property – black capped vireos and yellow throated warblers and (I sh-t you not) these are different from any other warblers or vireos by a small splotch of differently colored feathers and preference for a narrowly defined habitat. There are many different standards by which “species” are defined. The gold standard is called the biological definition which means that for two populations to be different species they are not capable of cross-breeding under any circumstance. Since it’s nigh onto impossible to test for physical interbreeding capability a very popular looser standard is used called reproductive isolation which pretty much translates to “if no one has observed the populations interbreeding, by voluntary mate selection preferences or involuntary geographic separation, then they are separate species”. This is a lot easier way for biologists to classify different species as it takes virtually no effort and rent seeking federal bureaucrats use these loose definitions to control more private property and enlarge their empires.

James Sexton says: September 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Ozone? We only think its worth considering because when we finally had a way to measure it, we discovered a hole we didn’t think was suppose to be there. We don’t know that it wasn’t suppose to be like that all along! And, there’s mounting evidence the hole serves a useful purpose
I have a hypothesis that the “Ozone Hole” results from a Stratospheric Polar Vortex. Polar Vortices “are caused when an area of low pressure sits at the rotation pole of a planet. This causes air to spiral down from higher in the atmosphere, like water going down a drain.”
http://www.universetoday.com/973/what-venus-and-saturn-have-in-common/.
Air towards the top of the stratosphere has a lower concentration of ozone;
http://www.epa.gov/ozone/science/images/FIG-FAQ01.JPG
thus when it sinks within the funnel of the Polar Vortex it displaces the air below it, decreasing the concentration of ozone and creating an “ozone hole”.
For reference, “A polar vortex is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near one or both of a planet’s geographical poles.” “The vortex is most powerful in the hemisphere’s winter, when the temperature gradient is steepest, and diminishes or can disappear in the summer. The Antarctic polar vortex is more pronounced and persistent than the Arctic one; this is because the distribution of land masses at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere gives rise to Rossby waves which contribute to the breakdown of the vortex, whereas in the southern hemisphere the vortex remains less disturbed. The breakdown of the polar vortex is an extreme event known as a Sudden stratospheric warming, here the vortex completely breaks down and an associated warming of 30-50 degrees Celsius over a few days can occur. The Arctic vortex is elongated in shape, with two centres, one roughly over Baffin Island in Canada and the other over northeast Siberia. In rare events, the vortex can push further south as a result of axis interruption, see January 1985 Arctic outbreak.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_vortex
Here’s an animation of the Arctic Polar Vortex in Winter 2008 – 09;

and this site offers a gallery of Stratospheric Polar Vortices;
http://www.jhu.edu/~dwaugh1/gallery_stratosphere.html
Thoughts and challenges would be most appreciated.

James

Bwahahahaa. It’s only fair, screw ’em. If they don’t like that, they should consider that when they vote.

Frosty

D. King says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Brad Kurtz says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm
This is insane, but blame big pharma and not Obama.
The Montreal Protocol was signed under Clinton (Carol Browner)
You know, this Carol Browner.
“Socialist International, an umbrella group”
I would put money on it that the fake charities and NGOs in this “umbrella group” were lobbying their old mate Carol on the BIg Pharma dollar.

jphilips says: (September 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm) “I believe cigarettes are beneficial to asthmatics too!!! – ridiculous.”
Please keep an open mind, jphilips — I know one asthmatic (and sportsman) who cigarettes give a life to.

Mac the Knife

Dave Springer says:
September 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Gordon Cargal says:
September 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm .
Re: Class Action Suit
Count me in, as well. I’m a rare user of an albuterol inhaler, but when I need it, I really need it. I’m susceptible to lung infections, as a result of radiation treatments from a prior cage match with throat cancer. When these lung infections hit me 2-3 times a year, the inhaler is my refuge until I can get a strong dose of antibiotics to take effect and restore a reasonable lung exchange volume. The last few years, the inhalers don’t seem to be as effective. Now I know why… Believe me when I say, I’d take water boarding any day over that desperate feeling of not being able to get enough air into my lungs.
Aspirated water is an uncomfortable but temporary effect that you can cough out, if you don’t panic. I grew up swimming open water in Wisconsin lakes. As a small child, my parents taught us that we would aspirate water on occasion… and how to deal with it. Don’t panic. Roll onto your side (side stroke) or back (back stroke) as soon as you can and cough the water out. Catch your breath and go back to swimming.
But swelling bronchial passages combined with congested alveoli leave you so short on breath you are desperate. Coughing can make it worse, leaving you with little recourse but artificial means to effect relief. Anything that impairs the effectiveness of an inhaler is willful and needless torture. That should be the basis for any class action law suit.

AlanG

I’m just back from Spain where I bought 12 salbutamol (= albuterol) inhalers for about $5 each. You can buy them OTC in a pharmacy there although a pharmacist told me they would become prescription only next year. No doubt the price will go up in Spain when they do. The price you pay in the US looks ridiculous to me but that’s big pharma for you. Americans are ripped off by the medical cartel at every turn. You don’t get better outcomes than other countries where health care is typically half the price.
The brand I use (Ventolin) has HFA 134a as propellant. It’s nothing like as good as the old CFCs and the dosage is very inconsistent. It works fine when full and one puff works but the last quarter is pretty useless and I have to use 3 puffs or more. Half as effective so sell twice as many – big pharma again.
Follow the money. Voters don’t pay the politicians’ campaign costs so lobbyists can buy the ‘policies’ they want. The best democracy that money can buy. Here is the UK there are tight restrictions on the total amount of money that politicians can spend of their campaigns – only a few thousand dollars. Crucially the parties are given free television advertising. In the 2005 general election the campaign expenditure of the Conservative Party was £17.85 million (approximately US$25 million), £17.94 million (approximately US$25 million) for the Labour Party, and £4.32 million (approximately US$6 million) for the Liberal Democrats. Enforcement is effective because the parties check up on each other. Set a thief to catch a thief. This all makes politicians more dependent on the party support and so are less easily corrupted.

Grimwig

The clean air fanatics always give me a good laugh – they really have no idea what real pollution is! I started work in Birmingham (UK) in the late 50s when you could smell and taste the foul yellow, sulphurous air and even (some said) cut it with a knife. Flares like little watering cans had to be placed along main routes so that bus drivers could find their way and, on several occasions, I had to have a friend walk in front of my car with a white handkerchief to guide me. Apart from public holidays, it was impossible to see more than a few hundred yards over the rooftops through the industrial and domestic air pollution.
I’m all in favour of clean air. In most cities in the UK, air quality is now pretty good and still improving. Do we really want to bring the economy to a full stop in pursuance of the final 1%?

Philip Bradley

Philip Bradley says: September 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm
…The incidence of asthma is strongly correlated with air cleanliness. The cleaner the air the higher the incidence of asthma.
I believe cigarettes are beneficial to asthmatics too!!!
– ridiculous.

Then how do you explain the fact that incidence of asthma increased rapidly in the developed world from the 1960s to the 1990s when it levelled out. This being the period of time when clean air acts were progressively implemented.
The incidence of asthma showed no such rise in developing countries where air pollution generally increased during this period.
I direct you to this Australian government site that lists possible causes of asthma.
It does not mention air pollution as a cause, excepting indoor cigarette smoke.
http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/Causes_of_Asthma