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Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 5:14 p.m. MST

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AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

Lots of new giveaways. But why should people in Kamas and Castledale pay taxes so people in Salt Lake City can ride buses and trains for free in July and January? It all sounds good; after all, it's better than nothing. But isn't all this effort by the democrats just a reaction to the recent protests? We have had these inversions for years. Why not take some time and come up with something that will work?

VST
Bountiful, UT

"[Representative] Arent will propose the State Agency Air Quality Litigation Act, which would require all state agencies to develop a specific plan to reduce activities that cause air pollution and report on what they have thus far done to curb that pollution."

Yeah – right!

Well, here are the figures published on 06 Feb 2013 by the DNews on the sources of all this pollution:

57 percent – generated by vehicles

32 percent – generated from area sources such as small businesses, homes and other sources

11 percent – generated by industry.

And I suppose all those state agencies should be able to come up a WORKABLE plan to get a significant number of those folks to stop driving their gas-powered vehicles to work every day and to move one million residents (added since 1980) off of the Wasatch Front.

Correct?

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Really......Legislating the air now is a good use of tax payer dollars?

Why dont you libs seriously consider leges obama usurping the 2nd amendment

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Why dont you libs seriously consider leges obama usurping the 2nd amendment - TRUTH

I realize Utah typically votes Republican, and President Obama is a Democrat but really!

**'Lung Association slams Utah areas for bad air' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - DSNews - 04/30/09

**'Northern Utah's air is the worst in the nation' - KSL - 01/11/10

**Studies link air pollution to increased risk of strokes and dementia’ – by Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret news – 02/15/12

**'Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year' - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/19/10

Utah has a strong Republican majority in the state House and Senate.

Blame Obama? No. I don't think so.

You built that.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

Ok, so they want us to use mass transit. Ignoring the actual cost of taking mass transit, who wants to waste that much time?

My commute currently takes me 30 minutes. If I was to use mass transit, it would jump to 90 minutes to 2 hours. Why would I want to waste 10 to 15 hours per week taking 2 busses and the train?

As has been pointed out, cars are the primary source. What is the alternative? If we converted all the cars to electric cars, the power plants that run on natural gas will still be fired up and adding to the pollution levels, and will probably require additional power plants to be constructed to handle the load.

To "Pagan" you realize that those studies do not apply to Utah because here we only have short term pollution problems. All of those studies apply to year round pollution. That is according to the EPA.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Will dems ever learn that nothing is free?

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