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Published: Thursday, Jan. 16 2014 5:02 p.m. MST

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auto professional
provo, UT

it seems like there's a lot of money being thrown around that may not pay dividends. Teaching grade school kids not to idle seems counterproductive. The latest generation of cars actually pollute more upon startup than they would idling for a typical idling time cycle. the reason for this is that the catalytic converter demands extra fuel and retarded timing to be able to light it off quickly. shutting the car off allows the catalyst to cool off and will cause the car to re light the catalyst upon restarting and pollute more than had it been idling.
MOST LEGISLATORS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS. thats why we get counterproductive laws not based on science, but on the emotion of the uninformed. you would think there would be those at this "conference" who could educate those in attendance. I suspect their voices were pushed outside because of the strong influence of the massive amount of money being thrown around.

FelisConcolor
North Salt Lake, UT

The phrase "air quality debating program serving 5,000 students in fourth-ninth grades" could be better expressed as "creating a cadre of indoctrinated child activists" who will proceed to mau-mau their peers into toeing the party line on environmental issues.

The average elementary and junior high school kid has only a superficial understanding of the complex issues related to air quality, and the average elementary and junior high school teacher isn't much better. Rather than creating a forum for rational, scientific, factual discussions, the result of this program will be more silly YouTube videos and simplistic slogans painted on construction paper hung in the hallways of schools.

Any program designed to inform public school children which does not teach them the air quality today along the Wasatch Front is better than at any time in the past 50 years, is slowly but steadily getting better every year, and is much better than the air quality in several other states is nothing but propaganda designed to push an anti-industry, anti-capitalist agenda.

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