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An interesting counterpoint, in being submitted on the same day as http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/07/03/1300018110 "Evidence on the impact of sustained exposure to air pollution on life expectancy from China’s Huai River policy" starts getting publicity:

> This paper's findings suggest that an arbitrary Chinese policy that greatly increases total suspended particulates (TSPs) air pollution is causing the 500 million residents of Northern China to lose more than 2.5 billion life years of life expectancy. The quasi-experimental empirical approach is based on China’s Huai River policy, which provided free winter heating via the provision of coal for boilers in cities north of the Huai River but denied heat to the south. Using a regression discontinuity design based on distance from the Huai River, we find that ambient concentrations of TSPs are about 184 μg/m3 [95% confidence interval (CI): 61, 307] or 55% higher in the north. Further, the results indicate that life expectancies are about 5.5 y (95% CI: 0.8, 10.2) lower in the north...

Love your writing, but how is this a counterpoint? The article claims no more AGR reactors will be built. It's bullish on nuclear reactors in general.

He's using a different meaning of the word counterpoint than the one you're thinking of.

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