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Published: Friday, Sept. 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Please EPA: Save Utah from those who seem to think dirty air is a birthright. We can and will do better.

The coal industry strategy seems to have worked well in Utah: Place "Clean" next to "Coal" and suddenly you have a bountiful, healthy solution to our energy needs.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

What's next? A letter defending the 2-stroke engine?

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Well this can't be true. After all, humans cannot affect the atmosphere . . .

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

You're right.

Lets just stop trying to clean up our air.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Hey, if you dont like Utah's air, you can quit breathing it...giggles.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The next thing we will see is blaming Utah's air pollution on President Obama. If we have dirty air, we just need to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. To say that the smoke from fires in the Northwest are causing Utah's air pollution is nonsense and not based on reality or an understanding of the facts.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It would be a shame if we cleaned up the place for nothing.

LDS Tree-Hugger
Farmington, UT

2 points --

1. Seattle and Portland are NON-Coal burning....
Bonneville Power [Yes, Bonneville, i.e., originally a Utah based comapny]
Are Hydro Electric and Nuclear.

2. This is from forest fires, NOT fossil fuels --- BIG difference. Fossil fuels emmit heavy elements and other toxics not found in burning wood -- such as Mecury, Lead and Sulphuric Acid.

3. It's ignorant Conservaitves like this that long to go back to the good old days of Love canal, birth defects, childhood emphasima, and 400 pre-mature deaths annually due to poor air quality.

4. FYI - California buys it's power from dirty Coal fed plants here in Utah....so they aren't the ones responsibile for the pollution -- Utah is.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Even if it isn't our fault, it's still our problem.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

@Esquire: Rats! I wish I had thought of that! Obama is responsible for everything...

(Where's the sarcasm font?)

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

By the time west coast pollution would have hit Utah, it would have dissipated to a large extend. Utah is the source of Utah's pollution, with some coming from mining in Nevada.
Stop making excuses for it. We need to clean it up. Now.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

This letter is another example of bury your head in the sand and hope it all works out. Yes, why make any attempt to slow down global warming, air pollution, clean our waterways, or protect our natural resources because it's just so durn expensive and hard. Yes there are things out of our control but it doesn't mean run from them. You don't eat an elephant in one bite. You pull up your britches and dig in, and stop denying there is a problem.

jsf
Centerville, UT

"To say that the smoke from fires in the Northwest are causing Utah's air pollution is nonsense and not based on reality or an understanding of the facts." The last two weeks of smoky conditions are "reality" from fires in the northwest. Due to a high centered over utah it will not disperse until the high ridge moves off to the east.

LDS Tree-Hugger, "Fossil fuels emit heavy elements and other toxins not found in burning wood -- such as Mercury, Lead and Sulfuric Acid." Sorry huger but Yes they do emit Mercury, Lead and Sulfur compounds every bit as much as fossil fuels. See the Journal of Ecological Anthropology.

You do realize coal is made up of dead trees and other biomass materials.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

jsf
Centerville, UT

LDS Tree-Hugger, "Fossil fuels emit heavy elements and other toxins not found in burning wood -- such as Mercury, Lead and Sulfuric Acid." Sorry huger but Yes they do emit Mercury, Lead and Sulfur compounds every bit as much as fossil fuels. See the Journal of Ecological Anthropology.

You do realize coal is made up of dead trees and other biomass materials.

11:36 a.m. Sept. 21, 2012

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I double dog dare you burn coal in your house with wife and small children or in a garage vs. wood.

BTW - I tried to look up your reference -- nothing.

You do realize coal is made up of dead trees and other biomass materials --
That has been sitting in the ground for millions of years, under intense heat and pressure and has gone through 3 sepereate chemical processes over those millions of years and it is no longer the same chemically or physically.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

LDS Lib: We used to all the time when I was a kid. In the fireplace. Grandma had a coal burning furnace with the coal hopper sitting in the middle of her kitchen.

Oh wait, maybe that's why I am the way I am...

jsf
Centerville, UT

Liberal BTW - "I tried to look up your reference -- nothing" Journal of Ecological Anthropology Vol. 7 2003, (peer reviewed journal). The argument is "Fossil fuels emit heavy elements and other toxins not found in burning wood" The Answer is yes burning wood does emit the same heavy elements and other toxins found in burning Fossil fuels.

Liberal "I double dog dare you burn coal in your house with wife and small children or in a garage vs. wood." Have and would. But to reduce pollution I don't burn wood or coal just Natural gas in a furnace. Didn't build a fireplace so the heat would not be lost up a chimney. By burning wood in your stove or fireplace you are emitting the same pollutions you would by burning coal. Hey I looked it up. I didn't just assume.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Woos is better than coal. Coal has been mixed up with heavy metal for millions of years.

Wood isn't fossil and doesn't have heavy metals included. But don't chop down all the trees.

If I told you I have a device that goes on your roof, creates liquid fuel from sunlight that collects in a tank, wouldn't you want one?

Once we start getting more affordable electric cars solar panels will be very popular.

Corn Dog
New York, NY

@LDS Tree-Hugger

1)Seattle and Portland gst their electricity from coal plants located in Centralia, WA and Boardman, OR.

2)Forest fires are believed to emit as much mercury and lead as anthropogenic sources. Forest fires don't have emission controls.

@Screwdriver

Trees and other plants do indeed take up mercury, lead, and other heavy metals through their roots. For example, poplar trees have been used at Superfund sites for the purpose of removing heavy metals from the soil.

Solar panels won't be much help in recharging electric cars. Most people will want to recharge them at night when there's no sun.

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake City, UT

@Corn Dog:

"Solar panels won't be much help in recharging electric cars. Most people will want to recharge them at night when there's no sun."

You have a couple-a options... (1) buy a bank of storage batteries to charge during the day then hook up the car each night, or (2) buy two cars...

Really???
Kearns, UT

This almost sounds like Obama's "I didn't create this economic mess" excuse.

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