Vroom, vroom, cough, cough
As the minivan puffs its way to the El Paso depot, we pass a children’s playground. It was surrounded by prime Homo Automotivis habitat. Caught within a web of highway, thousands of cars crossed on every side and even above. The playground was protected by 20 feet of wire fence, but the planner failed to grasp that nothing short of gas masks would keep these kids safe. Tailpipe gasses are as deadly as those in cigarettes. The automobile’s airborne toxins kill 30,000 people and cause 120,000 premature deaths every year in the U.S. Crossing into Mexico we see how deceiving borders can be. There is no barrier between air spewed from an exhaust pipe and the air in our lungs and no barrier between U.S. and Mexican air.