Thankfully it appears the Salt Lake Media are beginning to actually do some of
their own research on the subject of air pollution and not simply re-printing
the latest hysterical press release from environmental activists.Now
perhaps they will start to challenge the grossly distorted and misleading claims
about air quality which are routinely made by these activists. When
fearmongering is no longer the overriding force driving the debate over air
quality then and only then can we as a society have a rational discussion about
the benefits and costs of increased regulation.
Visited over the Holidays and saw the inversion pollution. When we were
students at BYU the air was so bad that visibility in the evenings was about 100
ft. BYU canceled intramurals for health reasons. When you drove through the SL
valley you would have to turn on your windshield wipers to remove the soot.
Re: "For citizens to write in and actually support the insane way we poison
ourselves is a sad commentary on our society."I'm WAY more
ashamed of the citizens who write in and cynically add shrill, unsupported,
disingenuous moral tones to their ridiculous demands that we take "air
quality" measures that will not only be destructive of the economy on which
real people depend, but will have no measureable effect on the quality of the
air.Kinda makes you wonder how someone could become that elitist and
Now tell the rest of the story, 85% of the inversion is natural (rotting grass
and leaves). Only 15% is man made. We could ban every car and destroy every
industry and still see little improvement in pm 2.5 air quality. This is nature
at work, get used to it. Drive to the mountain valleys, even sinks with no
population have thick inversions.
Thank you Mr. Jed. The truth finally. The air is cleaner today than it has been
for the last 30 years!!! I have been saying that for years. It takes a lot of
guts to take on the stinkin "Toxic Foggers", you are a champion.
If you watched the local news last week and the reporting of the air quality you
would have thought the world was coming to an end, especially the lead story on
KUTV Channel 2 last Saturday night. All I know is this: it could be a lot worse.
Nothing is perfect. If you want clean air go back to the days of the horse and
buggy and no fireplaces. In fact, have no fire anywhere @Mighty Mouse. Come on
now. With everything good that comes about there will always be a negative tied
into it, in some form or fashion. Just be grateful that you have the ability and
the chance to post on here and refute what other folks say. I am.
Shameful! That's what it is when you can actually see the poison we are
breathing. To have government officials speak of progress when you can't
see the blue sky or have to look at the mountains through a thick blanket of
haze you know we have the wrong people for the job they need to be replaced. For
citizens to write in and actually support the insane way we poison ourselves is
a sad commentary on our society.
Re: "I'm also just a little annoyed that so many continue to gripe as
if things have not gotten better . . . ."Aren't we all!
And, it seems to make them mad that we just can't accept their unsupported
blather.Today's callow alarmists love to suggest today's
Utah air is killing them and us. But anyone who's been here longer than the
last couple real-estate boom-bust cycles can attest that today's air
quality is superior in every way to the 50's and 60's air I grew up
with.And even that admittedly bad air didn't create the
problems today's disingenuous alarmists blame on much cleaner modern air
quality.None of this means we should be anything less than
scrupulous about seeking and applying economical, best-practice-based methods of
maintaining past gains and seeking new ones. But, suggestions that we are
somehow morally obligated to implement radical, untried, impractical measures
that would destroy Utah's economy and the jobs that support it, are
typically the deranged ramblings of callow, out-of-touch, elitists.Folks my Dad described as those afflicted with more dollars than sense.
"Still, the air people breathe now is much cleaner than it was a few decades
ago, air quality officials said. One reason is that today’s cars and
industry pollute less."---------------As someone who has
lived here long enough to remember how the valley was in the days of coal-fired
furnaces, dark billows of diesel exhaust and many more industrial type
facilities operating during the inversions, this is a point I've made many
times.I'm very pleased we've cleaned up our act since
those times, making the inversions less bothersome and dangerous than the once
were. I hope the trend continues.I'm also just a little
annoyed that so many continue to gripe as if things have not gotten better and
that we're living in gunk that we're crazy to breath. To them I say,
take a deep breath (despite your fears) and calm down. You too will survive, as
so many have before you in much worse conditions.