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Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

This is a very impressive and well-researched article. There is no question the country in general faces problems with air pollution, and the characteristics of Salt Lake Valley make it particularly difficult. I agree that there is no single "magic bullet" but I think the electric car is the closest thing to it. GM is working on a new series of batteries that can go 100 to 200 miles on a single charge. If it works, that will really be a game changer.

San Diego, CA

The sun is slowly killing us. Time is slowly killing us. Everything is slowly killing us. It's inevitable.

Henderson, NV

Recall that Brigham Young, president of the LDS Church moved its headquarters to St. George during winter months to escape that same inversion. Problem then was smoke from wood fires that heated buildings in that day. Wish we had some way of measuring that today to see whether there's actually been an improvement.

Buena Vista, VA

There's just too many people in the Wasatch Front. I remember those inversions back when I lived in Utah (21 yrs ago). For those of you still there, it is ok to move out to more rural, less polluted places. I fear many won't move because they think they are in Zion, but ask yourself during an inversion, is this Zion? The air is clean here in rural VA.

provo, Utah

In a way a conservative should understand, it takes years off your earning potential and decreases worker productivity and profits.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

When did the Dnews become so liberal? Since when is pollution a bad thing?
A few years ago some Utah legislators said limiting emissions was bad for business.
Pollution = good business.

Cache county, USA

Do you want to be 103?
Not me

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Life expectancy among Utahns is among the highest in the civilized world, and health is similarly high.

Something does not compute.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I think the author of the article did a good job of explaining information supplied. However, I'm inclined to take it with a grain of salt, and I know salt can kill you too. I recall when the steel plant closed the last time, researchers were surprised that air quality did not improve in Utah County. We can't have everything. Many of our conveniences depend on processes that cause air pollution, yet most of us don't want to give up those conveniences. There are also many questions on what causes asthma, and we know that there are many questions for which we don't have answers.

Provo, UT

I think this article shows that asthma CANNOT be related to higher levels of PM 2.5 in Utah County. The PM 2.5 levels have actually dropped a huge amount over the past 30 years. People only think it is worse because the EPA has continued to drop the standard every 5 years or so. You have PM 2.5 levels dropping and asthma increasing, in fact one can conclude that there is no relationship between the two.


I would gladly pay $10/gallon for gasoline if it meant my kids could breathe clean air.

Salt Lake City, UT

This just in: the older you get, the closer death comes upon you.

Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone needs to contribute to solve this problem. Industry needs to spend more of its profits on pollution controls, commercial businesses and homes need to do a better job conserving energy through better insulation, energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems and lighting. Vehicle owners need to drive less and when it is time to buy a new vehicle, upgrade to a hybrid or better, old diesel trucks need to be retired. That leaves what the state, county and cities can do: subsidize public transportation, and provide a feed-in-tariff for roof mounted solar panels as California, Mass., Oregon and Arizona have done to lower the need to create electricity by coal and gas fired generation plants. Going Green is good business and will stimulate our local economy. These jobs cannot be out sourced. Finding alternative, clean energy sources now is smart because fossil fuels will continue to increase in price and they will eventually run out. Why wait for that day before we act when we can prepare ourselves now?

American Fork, UT

We know, in utah, that man cannot modify climate. So whatever our air quality, we didn't do it and we don't have to fix it.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Did I miss something here? ALl new trucks and cars should have natural gas powered systems. Natural gas just about eliminates the nitrogen oxides, has half the CO2 of coal fired power plants, and your engine will last twice as long. It is good for trucks, cars, buses, bulldozers, etc. It is cheap, plentiful, and it is ours. What are we waiting for. I recommend all public vehicles go to natural gas and the public will follow. This is the silver bullet.

Clearfield, UT

Go up the canyons during a winter inversion and look down on the mess below. Then tell me we don't have an air quality problem along the Wasatch Front. Mass transit is part of the solution. UTA now has hybrid clean air hybrid buses and limits idling times. Another solution is getting rid of clunker cars. I few years ago I visited Japan. I noticed there were no older model worn out cars on the road. We should do the same here. No oil burning smoke belching cars. Give the cops the authority to pull cars with excessive exhaust smoke over and impound them. Give tax credits for trading an old high mileage vehcles for a newer one. Cash for clunkers was the right concept, poor implementation. As far as those on the far right who want to get eliminate the EPA I say nuts to that.

Salt Lake City, UT

I can't believe the irrational number of rationalizations appearing on this page today. Who are you trying to kid? Let's see... "Genocide is good for business and reduces pollution." Right? It's this kind of bury your head in the sand wrong thinking that enables Utah legislators to turn a blind eye to very serious issues. Instead, we are diverted to political hot buttons promoting ideology... not ecology. Thank you, Amy Joi O'Donoghue for this comprehensive piece. Unfortunately, cynicism tells me that the road ahead is not merely up hill. We are approaching an environmental precipice. If the recent droughts don't open influential eyes, we are all in for a Long Hot Century.

Viva la Verde!

Bountiful, utah

This article was pretty well done, but it missed the most obvious solution to the problem here on the Wasatch front: converting vehicles to run on natural gas. Thanks to Questar, we have one of the best cng infrastructures in the country- cng is cheap, domestically plentiful, and the cleanest burning fuel we have. The biggest obstacle has been EPA and its ridiculous rules (not laws) that discourage and inhibit cheap conversions enjoyed almost everywhere in the World.

Salt Lake City, UT


In support of your argument, might I add that the Intermountain area is enjoying a natural gas SURPLUS, so much so that the gas company has petitioned the bureaucrats for a rate reduction. Unheard of!

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Props to Amy Joi O'Donoghue!

1) I like the video. I don't know if DN has done anything like that before, but I hope it continues. The video seemed a bit less professional than I suspect the DN would want, but for a company that's moved from paper>online>video-content, I think this is awesome!

2) Jobs are jobs and kennicott has a real business interest here (not to mention a bit of landmark value). I'm all for allowing them to continue, but not at the expense of health.

I am sick and tired of our horrible air and practices. Renewable energy is essential to being good stewards over the Earth, imo. Utah, for all the great things we do and have here- has more than just a 'bad mark' for our environmental record. To me, this is just embarrassing. God gave us a clean planet. Therefore, the problem is only attributable in one direction, towards us.

We are addicted to letting other people make our decisions for us. We let oil companies, we let politicians, we let businesses run the show. I'm all for free market, but WE need to choose better, smarter.

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