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So does this mean we can now expect populist politicians to crank up PM2.5 emitters at a massive scale prior to elections?

No need. Some people gleefully accept and partake in air pollution.

Out in the countryside where my parents live in Texas, people are even proud that they burn their trash as if they're sticking it to some sort of treehugger group rather than to the inner lining of their (and all their neighbors' and loved ones') lungs.

You mean diesel engines? They're trying that in France.

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