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(The longer those cars are stuck in traffic — idling in jams on Main Street and Williston Road, or stuck at Essex Five Corners during
rush hour — the more pollutants and greenhouse gases they emit. “Congestion and air pollution — they are
synonymous,” says Dick Valentinetti, director of the state Air Pollution Control Division. Or, as University of Vermont
environmental engineer Britt Holmen puts it, the general chemical equation for what happens when an engine burns fuel is “gasoline plus air converts to pollutants.” Autos and trucks emit a noxious mix of chemicals left unburned or created
during combustion of gasoline and diesel fuel. Those emissions include carbon monoxide, a poison; toxic
hydrocarbons including benzene, a carcinogen; and fine particulates, invisible particles of soot and other substances
that irritate the lungs and can cause health problems. Auto emissions also contribute to ozone, the pollutant created
when fossil-fuel emissions combine in the air. Ozone, too, can cause respiratory illness.) Emissions from Pollution exacerbates global warming turns the planet into fiery Mars – all
life will end
Dr. Brandenberg, Physicist (Ph.D.) and Paxson a science writer ’99 – John and Monica, Dead Mars Dying
Earth p. 23...
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