Ronald Reagan and Acid Rain

August 29, 2014

Climate Change

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“I have flown twice over Mount St. Helens out on our West Coast. I’m not a scientist and I don’t know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about.”

– Ronald Reagan, (R) 40th President of the United States of America talking about sulfur dioxide emissions, linked to increases in acid rain.

This is highly inaccurate, as cars are responsible for around 81,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day, around 40 times as much as Mount. St. Helens at 2000 tons.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/01/understanding-scientific-research-tips_n_4350349.html

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2 Comments on “Ronald Reagan and Acid Rain”

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