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  •  cripes, yes, it took many years after warnings (1+ / 0-)
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    about horrible health impacts re leaded gasoline before action taken. this is part of the history in one of my diaries:

    It took decades of many warning signs of deleterious impacts on public health before our government adopted regulations banning lead in gasoline.  In 1921, General Motors attempted to persuade the public that tetraethyl lead (TEL), a fuel additive to improve engine performance and "reduce engine knock," was the "virtual savior of the American automobile industry."  Today, tar sands is "Canada’s big new bonanza" that will make it the "second largest reserves of oil in the world" if "it can exploit this relatively novel form of resource."

    Unfortunately, glee over leaded gas took priority over the many danger signs, and we are seeing some of that same greedy glee over tar sands. In 1923, a chemist who contributed to developing TEL developed lead poisoning.  In 1924, workers "producing the additive fell sick and died at several refineries in New Jersey and Ohio. Banner headlines greeted each new fatality until a total of 15 workers had lost their lives -- and their minds.  Terrifying rumors circulated about the madness that had put some of the doomed into straitjackets before it put them six feet under. It was not long before journalists were calling leaded fuel "loony gas."

    "It is in the shelter of each other that people live." Irish Proverb

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 12:35:05 PM PDT

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