What an odd article. At one point, it sites that congestion is not a
significant issue in the area - no problem with cars just sitting, idling. But
then it proposes as the solution to the problem a congestion reduction program.
This makes no sense.In an inversion, whither you spew
particulate at 8 am or 10 am, it makes no difference. It is simply the fact
that you were spewing emissions into the air when the air has too little
circulation. Time makes no difference. Congestion taxes like in london are
intended to spread traffic out, or out in out eliminate it.If Utah
wants to shape behavior via taxation, tax cars on how much they emit per mile.
Low emissions cars, lower annual fees. Cars that emit a lot, pay a lot. Cars
that emit a little, pay a little. That will shape how people perceive their
cars. Want a Pick up... fine.... just buy one that doesn't pollute.
On my last trip to northern Utah I noticed there is still something belching
from the old Geneva Steel area in Utah county & some industrial areas
spewing pollution. The pollution now begins around Fillmore and north, is it
the Intermountain Power Project to the west of Fillmore? Another concern is the
refineries of North Salt Lake, which don't get a bad rap but smell terrible
and must be contributing to the bad air. Also, Kennecott is a major concern.
We need to look to cleaner energies and hold the private sector accountable as
well. In my recent Dr's visit, he asked if I live in SLC or visit there
often as the air is bad for health and could shorten life (not just cancer or
heart disease). I feel for all of you up north with your asthma, bronchitis,
stinging eyes, grey gunky air and pollution soup bowl. Lucky for us down south
the air is blue, however I'm seeing more haze & stench in St. George as
It raising taxes = cleaner air, our air should be 50% cleaner now.But it isn't. So let's not pretend we can tax our way to
"...Bad winter air has been a part of life in the northern Utah valleys for
a long time...".So let's spread the blame around...and then do nothing.Perfect.
In other news -- Energy Solutions dumps the world's spent radio
active waste in Utah, while others propose using arsenic for gold
mining.Meanwhile -- Utah has the highest rates of autism,
liked to mercury.Mercury is found coming from Kennecott, and coal buring
power plants.But, the Republican led, global warming denying, burn
baby burn ultra-cons don't care, and willfully ignore.
No one in this government (or apparently this newspaper) is addressing the other
half of the equation - industrial pollution - Require air scrubbers, require
contained burning, require up to date pollution control equipment. Until you
do... I, and probably many others, will continue to consider this government as
bought and paid for by the corporations, and as such... representing the
corporations and NOT the people!!! Deseret News - shame on you for not
addressing the "other half" and down playing the seriousness of this!
Mandate electric cars only in 2020.
Nice balanced article on Salt Lake City's air pollution, except you left
out the elephant on the west bench. Kennecott belches out about 33% of the
valley's pollution, and they don't just give us the run of the mill
particulates and smog, they contribute the toxic metals lead, cadmium, arsenic,
and mercury. Remember when people didn't think that Utah
Valley couldn't prosper without Geneva's brown cloud? Maybe its time
to ask if Salt Lake Valley wouldn't be better off without Kennecott's
Oh I'm sorry, I thought I was reading the DNews, but then I saw the call
for cleaner air, the suggestion for higher gas taxes, and ideas for congestion
pricing.Then I read a balanced article on Obama's call for a
hike in the minimum wage and I knew must have hit the bookmark key for the
"The Rachel Maddow" blog! Oops!
The truth in taxation law took my vote away. So what can I say.