Published: Sunday, Feb. 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
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.
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.
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!).
RE: demo DaveI 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.
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).
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.
VIDARMurray, UTRE: demo DaveI 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========== Then you should be easily be
able to use an 100 mile electric vehicle.
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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