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

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American Fork, UT

Limiting pollution and increased government regulation over pollutants kills jobs and hurts businesses, which is obviously more important than the health of the citizens. That's what I gather from the GOP these days.

Fern RL

When some people say "transportation" many people think of gas or diesel fueled motor vehicles and the roads they drive on. I think of mass transit. I am glad this article focused a lot on mass transit and the challenges involved with it. Unless the challenges are clearly expressed, the solutions will be even more difficult to implement. When Governor Herbert gave his State of the State address this year he said something about a great plan he had in mind to reduce pollution along the Wasatch Front, and that he was going to announce the specifics of his plan the next week or two. To my disappointment, he said something like: "Drive less."

Really, having and being able to use mass transit has a value for more than just cleaner air. It would reduce traffic congestion for those who do have to drive. We really need to solve the twin dilemmas of inconvenience and expense. I don't advocate having free fare days, but the fare should not cost more than car pooling with just two people per car. Counties could be involved in determining routes that would better serve their citizens and be able to issue monthly passes.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: ManInTheMiddle SANDY, UT
"I would gladly pay $10/gallon for gasoline if it meant my kids could breathe clean air."

I suppose you'd also gladly pay the farmer the added cost to plant and harvest his crops, the truck driver the added cost to deliver it to your food store, and the food store the added costs associated with heating and cooling the building.

Perhaps a better solution would be to limit the free transportation we provide our politicians, including Obama, to travel around the world pretending to achieve some lofty goal.

Manti, UT

The air must not be killing us fast enough, because our average life expectancy is longer than it's ever been.

terra nova
Park City, UT

What if all of us put just one or maybe two solar panels on our roof every year? The effect would add up. Quickly.

What if those who drive those old smoke-belching diesel pick-ups were taxed at ever higher rates as their trucks got older? I'm talking ten-fold higher taxes each year. They would disappear.

What if we stopped debating if global warming exists and simply agreed to pursue clean, life sustaining energy? If your dog poops while you are out walking in the park, pick it up. Don't be putz. If you open a gate, close it. Think of others. It's just common courtesy to clean up after yourself.

We should be stewards of the earth, but many apply only one metric to any decision: economics. The old saying, "You can buy anything in this world for money" was never truer. Those who refuse to clean up after themselves sell their birthright for pottage. And the earth groans as it is polluted and ruined. It is abusive. It is sinful. This our corner of the garden. Let's take care of it.

We can make a difference.

More importantly, we should.

Mcallen, TX

Air pollution? We didn't do that, someone else did it! Under my plan, we'll all live longer--- Barack Obama 2012

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Hutterite 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."

Each year in the United States an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. It is the height of hypocrisy to express concern about our clean air while enjoying the financial benefits of tobacco.

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