Another reason to defeat SB139 that would add additional PROPERTY TAX to cleaner
With Utah's population destined to double -- mostly self-generated (i.e.,
our kids and grandkids) -- within the next couple of decades, our pollution
levels, congestion on highways, and water availability will continue to be acute
problems.There are a couple of things we can do today to help
alleviate those problems for our families.One, switch from steam
coal- and natural gas-fired electricity to non-water use energy sources, such as
solar and wind. By de-coupling our power use from water consumption, this can
conserve precious water. Solar and wind are price stable, so the more we put in
the ground today, we stabilize our energy costs well into the future for our
families.Two, build power grid infrastructure for electric vehicles
-- they're cheap to operate, can be powered with water-free electricity,
and drastically cut pollution in the state. Electric buses using wireless power
charge-ups are already a reality. Three, make xeriscaping mandatory.
Kentucky blue grass may be wonderful eye candy and "cheap" to install,
but its costs from watering, toxic fertilizers, and mowing burdens families and
society with pollution and loss time with families in maintenance.
I firmly believe nothing of any significance is going to be done regarding
pollution in Utah until there is a major change in the elected officials in this
State. When will corporations be held accountable for their share of the
pollution? When will they be told to stop open burning? A recent article
in MSN Money said Utah was #6 in the country for people moving out of (fleeing).
Gee, I wonder why - the ones I know are moving out because of the pollution and
because of a government that does NOT represent the interests of the people.
Wonder how many businesses will follow suit?
Advocates can get a poll to give any results they want. In this
case, I am sure they are delighted.I doubt if they asked if the
disgruntled masses would be interested in giving up their cars, home furnaces,
and cut dishwashing and showers, and eat native grasses instead of fresh fruits
and veggies.Comment above about let's use OUR water and have
California desalinate some for their use is right no target.
It is political suicide for a Republican to do anything about air quality or low
river levels.Republicans do not trust polling techniques where
results suggest there are issues with air quality or low river levels for any
voters.One comment per day in the states leading Republican
newspaper suggests my thesis is correct.
Citizens of Utah need to be informed on how water in the state gets used. 85% of
the state's water gets used by irrigators. When I see huge fields of
alfalfa being watered by gigantic sprinklers in the afternoon on a clear day in
95 degree weather all summer long I wonder. Do people realize that
in 2012 all summer long water users released historically high flows of water
out of Jordanelle Reservoir? And 2012 was a serious drought year so why did so
much water get released that summer? Shouldn't water flows have been at
least normal at the most in a drought year? Be informed. Water waste
is not just your neighbor watering a green lawn. There is so much more to it.
And some among us deny climate change. Amazing!
There have always been inversions, but until we started emitting pollutants the
inversions were only cold and fog. Now we have carbon monoxide and other
nasties trapped with it. Nobody's claiming we can get rid of inversions,
but we can get rid of the stuff in them that's slowly killing us.Want to save a lot of water? Here's an idea: Get rid of golf courses.
Every 9 holes of golf require about a million gallons of water EACH DAY.
Banning golf would go a long way to solving our water woes. It's a silly,
simple-minded game anyway.
If we truly cared about water we would treat it as a precious resource and not a
low priced commodity that has an endless supply. Some Utah cities require
citizens to cultivate lawns that require water and fertilizers. We water
sidewalks and streets and provide no incentive to zero-scape our homes. Water is
still not a priority in most peoples minds. If it were, serious concerns would
be translated into serious action.
What part of you live in a high elevation mountain valley that technically still
is classified as a DESERT did you people miss on the way in? Inversion has been
happening since before we arrived and yes Deserts are not meant to house a lot
of people without bringing in supplies from somewhere else. I suggest new
products that are technicaly advanced and still meet the needs of the consumer
be engineered or we build massive air filters instead of more laws and
controlling regulations. You know produce green technology that actually meets
the demand? And as for the water how about Coastal states start investing there
green dollars into salt water purification plants instead of taking ours. Just a