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Friday, June 2, 2023

AAP minister says ‘permanent solution’ for Delhi’s Oxygen shortage is planting more trees!

Delhi has been facing shortages of medical oxygen with reports of black-marketing of oxygen concentrators also coming to light. While authorities are struggling to meet the demand for oxygen, some ‘geniuses have found a new way to deal with the crisis.

After left-liberal intellectual Pritish Nandy had opined that cutting down trees and forests was the reason for oxygen shortage, AAP environment minister Gopal Rai made a similar suggestion. The minister has been quoted by The Indian Express as saying:

“Delhi saw an oxygen shortage during the Covid pandemic and the government made efforts to bridge the gap and they were successful. Covid cases are decreasing on a daily basis but there is only one way to reach a permanent solution for this oxygen problem and that is to plant trees on a large scale. We have decided that starting June 5, plantation drive for the coming year will be started and we have decided to plant 33 lakh trees. This will include big trees as well as shrubs alongside roads to curb dust pollution and PM 10 (particulate matter)”.

Just like his fellow ‘geniuses’ Rai also needs to be reminded that the air we breathe isn’t the same as medical-grade oxygen. It must be noted that the concentration of oxygen filtered by human lungs is only 21%, unlike medical oxygen which is highly concentrated. There are several complex methods to generate medical oxygen and even though trees and forests are important, unlike what left liberals think just having trees around will not solve the medical oxygen shortage problem.

Sure enough trees and forests are important from an environmental point of view but there is no connection between planting trees and the supply of medical oxygen to Covid patients.

(Featured Image Source: Indian Express)

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