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Published: Sunday, Feb. 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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LDS Tree-Hugger
Farmington, UT

A Republican Governor,
A Republican House,
A Republican Senate.

If the Utah State legislature can't do ANYTHING about better air,
then blame lays squarely with THEM.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

How much would gas have to cost before Salt Lakers would forsake their vehicles and start using mass transit on a regular basis? Five dollars per gallon? Six? Seven?

I took the bus from my home in Holladay to the "Clean Air, No Excuses" rally at the Capitol, and was amazed at how quickly they delivered me to my destination. Okay, I had to walk up Capitol Hill from North Temple, but except for the inversion, I enjoyed the walk. All my excuses for not using the UTA more often went right out the window.

Most of us aren't going to stop driving until it starts to hurt a little bit. Raise the gas tax. Put it toward education.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

By all means let us use wisdom, unless that is conservative code for "doing nothing." Yes, we live in a bowl. That just means we need to work harder to make the bowl livable. So far our governor/legislature have done nothing meaningful. Any chance they will do something this time? Don't hold your breath (or rather, DO hold your breath!).

VIDAR
Murray, UT

RE: demo Dave
I agree if you are going to downtown SLC; public transportation works pretty well.
However, going anywhere else takes a very long time.
I can drive to my work in fifteen minutes. Taking public transportation takes 2 ½ - 3 hours.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's true... we can't change nature and the facts of life. They are outside our control.

We can't prevent inversions. We can't end them, or move them, or prevent them. IMO it would be best to try to understand them and what we CAN do...

When an inversions happen (and they will, we can't control that)... the air we have is trapped in the valley, and the pollution we add to the air daily continues to add to the bad air that is trapped near the ground. So... it seems to me that the thing we CAN do is... minimize the amount of pollution we emit (each individual) so less pollution is trapped in that air.

We can talk about shutting down the oft-vilified refineries, or the vile "industries" (which many of us work at) in this valley. Modernization and reduction talk is reasonable.. but the more radical shutdown talk is useless rhetoric )IMO).

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mass Transit only works for urbanites. If you live and work downtown you should be using it (no doubt). But if not... it just doesn't work for the many people who aren't lucky enough to live/work downtown, or live in one of the lucky communities serviced by TRAX or FrontRunner.

Busses pollute more than cars and still don't go everywhere you need to go during a work day.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

VIDAR
Murray, UT
RE: demo Dave
I agree if you are going to downtown SLC; public transportation works pretty well.
However, going anywhere else takes a very long time.
I can drive to my work in fifteen minutes. Taking public transportation takes 2 ½ - 3 hours.

7:37 a.m. Feb. 3, 2014

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Then you should be easily be able to use an 100 mile electric vehicle.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

The elimination of a lot of bus stops by UTA didn't help anyone, but did cost money and energy to remove.

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