Right. Because there are only TWO pictures of diesel smoke on the internet. You're funny. Not.
There were only two (relevant) pictures on the site I regularly use for most purposes (Wikipedia), amongst other reasons because their photos are easy to access, come in a variety of sizes, with links that are acceptable to the software running these boards, and are typically free of copyright.
I didn't realize I was supposed to look elsewhere just so as not to offend certain delicate snowflakes.
And no, I am not doing your research here, I've already done it and posted it before. You might want to look into pollution levels around the world. Also 'diesel particulate deaths' should be an easy one for you. Maybe. But since you haven't wrapped your head around the VW scandal yet, maybe not.
There you go again, making assumptions about me that have no basis in fact.
Do you recall saying this, barely 2 hours ago, to somebody else here?
You like to throw a lot of shit around without having any knowledge of whom you are talking to.
Now see if you can guess what you are doing?
Nevertheless I followed up your tip to look at diesel particulate deaths and came up with a Fortune.com article, headed "An alarming number of people have died from dirty diesel engines". This was a bad start. I prepared myself for the worst.
It went on "More than 500,000 Europeans a year may be dying from conditions related to air pollution,"
I admit, for almost ten seconds I was fooled by the thought of not just the 50,000 deaths you claimed, but ten times that figure.
Then all the pieces started to fall into place.
Deaths due to "DIRTY diesel engines". The sort that are old and inefficient and gush smoke, just like the photo that so upset you.
"....MAY be dying from..." as in we cannot be certain.
"..conditions related to air pollution" as in ALL forms of air pollution.
And at the very end of the Fortune article, there was a video titled "Study connects 60 deaths to VW diesel scandal"
How many million VW diesels were said to be affected? The VW-Audi group is certainly one of the biggest players when it comes to diesel cars.
I don't doubt that scientists have belatedly "discovered" that diesels come with their own issues, but which of the various figures should I believe?
Meanwhile, having invited me to compare pollution levels around the world, my eye is immediately drawn to the fact that Europe has over twice the population density of the US.
Even within the US itself, pollution is clearly concentrated in areas of higher population density. If you could take the East Coast, the West Coast, and maybe Illinois, and squeeze out the rest, you would probably find pollution levels equal to or higher than Europe. I would post a graphic illustrating this, but that would most probably upset you (again).
Nothing to see here; move along please.