Increasingly, we're having a difficult time encouraging economic
development and attracting new industry to Utah due to our poor air quality.
I've read about how the governor's office of economic
development has sponsored tours for executives and business leaders to come to
Utah, only for those individuals to see our bad air and essentially eliminate
Utah from further consideration -- despite the allure of skiing, outdoor
activities, low taxes, loose environmental laws, etc. The implicit assumption
is that better air quality will drive industry away -- but it is probably the
other way around. Better, stricter air quality measure will probably attract
investment into Utah.Environmental issues don't resonate well
in Utah among our conservative political leaders -- but business speaks loudly.
Perhaps the discourse on our air quality needs to focus more on how much
economic development Utah is losing due to our bad air. It will probably
encourage more action than talk of miscarriages and health costs noted above.
Well, until we can heat our homes cheaper than gas. it's what you'll
get is smoke with a lot of chemicals. Didn't any one mom tell them to
breath through their nose.
Air pollution is nothing more than communist, socialist, liberal nonsense.I saw it on Drudge.
Utah has a higher incidence of miscarriages during inversions, so pregnant women
should also take care. This issue really bothers me though. A lot of
conservatives are staunchly anti-abortion, but for some reason have no problem
in doing very little about cleaning up the air therefore allowing the toxins and
chemicals in the air to induce miscarriages in some women. It is really a form
of legalized abortion in Utah, except in these cases, the mother wanted to keep
Don't see how we can call panic a pollution problem. This article is
nothing but panic news and no facts of any pollution worth mentioning yet. One thing not mentioned in the media or by doctors is that very low
humidity below 30% in a home will aggregate breathing conditions, coughs, colds,
flu, for all ages. At this moment my home humidly is at 24% (99% near GSL) and
very dry air is causing throat and sinus irritation which most people would
relate to pollution and particulate matter, not even close. Boiling water to get
some humidity in homes does reduce breathing issues.When the
pollution does get to extreme levels outside the I-15 corridor is time to
consider drastic solutions by limiting commercial use vehicles use during
inversion. They are the real polluters and these vehicles should be shut down to
emergency use only, and in office lunches only during natural inversion
weather.Its going to take drastic controls and sacrifices and put
restriction of industrial vehicles during all hours. Air pollution in Utah is
now coming from natural elements and state is not willing to cooperate and help
@don$1000Yes the pollution problem is huge, and yes, drastic change is
needed. But pinning it as a religious problem is not only inaccurate, but it
doesn't win any friends over to the cause of cleaning up our air.I'm glad to see this in the news more. Being aware of the problem is
still a step that needs to be taken for many. Would love to see more pieces on
pollution, and suggestions for how we all can do our part to make the air safe
for our children to breathe.
A1994:The geography and weather is the cause, but humans are 100
percent responsible for the particulates contained within. Yes, inversions have
always been around and are common in mountainous regions. What hasn't
always been around is cars, factories, coal burning stoves, etc. If
we are all aware of how we collectively contribute to the problem and look for
small personal solutions like living closer to place of employment, using mass
transit, better urban planning that isn't so reliant on cars and long trips
to the grocery store, buying vehicles with better fuel economy, etc it will help
the problem. Part of the problem is people thinking that just because inversions
are natural, that they are somehow absolved from helping create a solution for a
better air quality.
@Don$1000We live in a mountain valley. You can do a few things to
help curb the problem, but it's always been a problem and will always be a
problem. Cache Valley has a very similar inversion. It's the geography of
where we live.
Utahns preach good health and community habits, but ground-zero for Mormon
culture is poisoned with polluted air and state government doing nothing about
it. What a terrible place to live with yellow smog, smokestacks churning out
poison which clouds the views of the so called "Houses of the Lord"
temples built around this valley. Their solution, don't exercise outdoors.
What a joke this place is becoming.