In Canada, we, too, have air-quality problems, although nothing on the scale of Utah's. I just read the Utah Moms for Clean Air's plan for cleaner air and was impressed by how the plan immediately addressed the economic side of the clean-air equation. If it is inappropriate to dump our home sewage and garbage into the street, why should it not be equally inappropriate to dump toxins into air? The airshed, they rightfully claim, should not be a free public sewer — but under current law, that is exactly what it is.
The Airshed User Fee is also genius. People do not like taxes — and rightfully so — but people can get their head around the idea of paying for the proper handling of the garbage, as they already do once a week. Nothing seems to motivate businesses or personal behavior more than money, so the user fee will ask them to either pay the cost of polluting or find ways to do things cleaner, the latter of which will rightfully save businesses and consumers lots of money.
UMFCA hit the nail on the head. The moms should be proud of the plan they have produced — and so should everyone in the state of Utah.
Kamloops, BC, Canada
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