Published: Monday, May 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
"Why Utah regulators give decrepit coal plants preferential treatment over
the lungs and health of Utahns is beyond me."Those lungs
don't make nearly as many "donations" as the fossil fuel and
electricity industries do.
Follow the money, Maya. It will all make perfect sense.
Re: "It would seem that the only thing hazier than the Utah air is the
judgment of our state's air quality regulators."Well, there
are the comments in these pages by the liberal/tree-hugger cartel, in favor of
high-cost, limited-availability energy.
Who pays for expensive power plant upgrades? You and me. WE the ratepayers are
the bottom line. The Utah utilities commission would have to approve big rate
increases to fund upgrades.The phrase "in sufficient doses"
was missing from the letter. The listed air pollutants are only a problem if a
person is exposed to a high enough dose; they are not a blanket problem for
everyone everywhere all the time as implied.Why not just clean the
air once and for all and replace Utah's coal-fired plants with nuclear
plants? It's the only viable solution.
As every utah climatologist knows, man cannot change the climate. So we
don't have to try to clean it up.
"Who pays for expensive power plant upgrades? You and me."Clean air is worth any cost.What good is your money if you cannot
breathe the air?
It's worth some expense to have air that doesn't shorten your life.
Too much expense is going to kill any project, however. But in comparison, what
are the technologies used in the rest of the country for coal power plant
exhaust control? What are their relative installation and ongoing costs? Can
some of the pollution controls do double duty as service enhancers, actually
helping the financial bottom line of the power plant? As for
nuclear power, I'd think that this region would be a decent candidate for a
nuclear plant? I don't know if this is much of a plus, depending on the
processing that the fuel needs to go through, but we've got uranium sources
fairly nearby, I believe?
We have much cleaner air now than years ago. I remember the days sitting in
class at McMillan Elementary school, looking out the west facing windows and not
being able to see the Oquirrh Mtns on a bright sunny day. Mostly due to
Kennecott and Geneva Steel. Now days, I can see them fine nearly every day
except those winter days we get the temprature inversions. The Clean Air mantra
sounds good, but our air is just fine.
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