More Hollysmog

Gore’s e-pocrisy (I think we should promote this term) is just the beginning.  Here’s a preview from my next edition of the Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, due out in April:

Another interesting smog-related story from last year came out of Los Angeles where, having imposed stringent regulations on industry for 30 years now, one of the leading remaining sources of ozone and particulates is (drum roll, please) the Hollywood movie and TV industry.  A study from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment found that Hollywood productions emit a substantial 140,000 tons a year of ozone precursors and particulates, which is a larger amount than any other LA-area industry except oil refining.   (The study also finds the entertainment industry is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the LA area.)  Hollywood celebrities may be giving up their limos for hybrid cars, but will they give up their on-location star trailers, which are typically powered by dirty diesel generators?

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