Press Release Science

April 19, 2007

I use the term Press-Release-Ware to describe software that makes for a great press release but serves no other real purpose. I think science studies are now treading in the same waters. Consider Ethanol Vehicles Pose Significant Risk to Health.

“In our study, E85 increased ozone-related mortalities in the United States by about 200 deaths per year compared to gasoline, with about 120 of those deaths occurring in Los Angeles,” Jacobson said. “These mortality rates represent an increase of about 4 percent in the U.S. and 9 percent in Los Angeles above the projected ozone-related death rates for gasoline-fueled vehicles in 2020.”

The study uses a computer model to project the impact of E85 fuel (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) in 2020 and they come up with an increase of 200 “ozone-related” deaths in the U.S., more than half from heavily ozone polluted Los Angeles (think smog here). This is the “Significant Risk to Health”. Sheesh.

Newspapers are all over this stuff though.


2 Responses to “Press Release Science”

  1. Rachael Says:

    I’d call those “chore birds”. I make litlte chore “requests” and write them in litlte comic style bubbles, then photocopy a bird I’ve drawn or made. Each child gets one in the morning with their own litlte chore. (I posted about this on my blog last winter). I have to say, it only worked for a while… but they were fun for the day or two that they were effective!

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