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February 22, 1971

Solution to Pollution

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Staunton, Kan

JAMA. 1971;215(8):1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210070022

To the Editor.—  The news media, including your own weekly magazine, have lately been saturated with alarms about our ecology. To select a few examples, there are the socalled problems of air pollution with sulfur from automobile exhausts and with particulate matter from burning organic matter, the eutrophication beyond redemption of Lake Erie, mercury in fish, accumulation of DDT in human tissues, and the population explosion. Each of these problems can be solved with a little ingenuity.

  1. Sulfur. Trap exhausts in large tough-skinned balloons. This has two advantages: it will minimize damage from rear-end collisions, and the balloons can be deflated into railroad tank cars for shipment of the gas to Arkansas and Virginia to enrich the health-giving sulfur springs. Remember, the railroads need the business.

  2. Particulate Matter. This stuff just makes things dirty, and that plagues cleanliness-minded housewives. If the government can successfully run a Peace