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Published: Friday, March 28 2014 10:08 a.m. MDT

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Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

If you want clean air with our current Republican legislature, don't hold your breath. Or maybe you should.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Jim,
I wasn't able to come to the fair. Can you share with us some of the things we can do about the dirty air that so often blankets the Wasatch Front?

I'd be interested to hear what the solution was.

Wondering if it all has to wait for legislation... or if it's stuff we can do right now...

Sensible Scientist
Rexburg, ID

There is no complete solution for the inversion air pollution on the Wasatch front! The valleys are closed, with no drainage outlet, which means air is trapped, too. When high pressure settles over Utah, air is trapped in the valleys and cannot be refreshed. That was a problem even for the pioneers.

It's false advertising to claim "solutions" to Utah air pollution.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Oops... it's this Saturday.

The article said, "Events such as the Clean Air Fair show that together, we can do something about the dirty air that so often blankets the Wasatch Front"...

So... just having a fair shows we can fix it?

I'm hoping after the fair they will share the "something" we can do together about the dirty air. I hope it's not just hold more fairs or look to the legislature to fix it for us. I hope it's actually something we can do. Now. Like car-pool or something...

I've been advocating we get off our duff and do whatever WE can NOW. But getting no support. Seems belly-aching about the legislature is the solution to the people who pretend to care. But I don't see that producing results.

Even IF the legislature passes a law that we have cleaner air... WE are still the ones who are going to have to implement whatever the legislature comes up with.

And just Republicans with Democrats won't fix it either.

I hope they come up with specifics at this fair... or we really haven't made any progress.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

The basic solution is converting to natural gas for our vehicles and in the distant future go to electric and other alternatives. Natural gas[CNG] is very clean and the engine lasts twice as long. I suggest all new government vehicles be set for CNG. all western states should do it. Then the public will want in as there will be more and more filling stations. We are swimming in natural gas. Did you notice it is about $1.50 a gallon equivalent. ?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Every time I've visited Antelope Island, I've been able to see a smokestack on the southwest side of the lake that spews an enormous cloud of gray. That cloud usually hangs low and blows across the lake in the direction of the Wasatch Front. What is that place? Why is it apparently allowed to continue spouting all that crud into the air?

It's obvious just from looking that whatever that is, it's a major source of foul air in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and very likely Utah Counties.

Can Deseret News provide some information?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

CNG is a great idea. We don't even need to wait for the legislature to act to get started on that one.

Also driving less (walk, bike, car-pool or take trax). Too bad our worst inversions come when it's hard to use bikes.

I like any idea I can do without having to wait for the legislature or the Governor to make a decree requiring everybody to do it.

Some people are more serious about clean air than others. Some call those people "Radicals". But it's true that some people are more radical about their environmentalism than others. We need to realize this and be tolerant of people who are less radical if we don't want to hit a wall of resistance.

When you try to mandate (by law) that everybody do it YOUR way (with your amount of zeal)... that's when you get resistance. Because in real life, one size doesn't fit all. We all have differing levels of dedication to dieting, political involvement, religious involvement, environmental involvement, etc. When we try to use the government to force others to do it OUR way... is when it goes off the rails (IMO)...

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

one old man,
You don't have to go to Antelope Island to see where the smoke/smog is coming from.

On a clear morning after a good storm.... go to a high place where you can see the whole valley (the benches or somewhere in the mountains where you can see the whole valley). Look around. You will see small pockets of smoke starting right in the residential areas (note, not a factory or anything vile like that). And if you stay for awhile you will be able to see it spread until the little pockets merge and the whole area is blurred by smoke. It doesn't take long.

I suspect these are homes that are burning wood for heat. I don't know what else it could be (in a residential neighborhood).

You will also see some factories that are starting their own pocket of smog. But it's not only factories. It's not only the stack on the salt flats. It's the smoke stacks in our neighborhoods too. And our cars. You will notice significant haze forming around I-15 as the day progresses.

It's not just one smoke stack.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Any imposed solution or tax will be seen as socialism, and won't fly here. So, I believe the solution will have to be economically driven. Somehow, the situation will have to extract a real dollar and cents penalty from enough people to make change happen. And not just the mythical costs like sick people or lost productivity. That stuff always happens to other people, if it happens at all. It needs to be real dollars from many people. and change will happen.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

I was reading NewsChina magazine this week, and there was a great quote about China's air and the philosophy they've adopted: "Smog is the great equalizer for both the rich and poor."

In essence, both rich and poor are dying from China's air quality, driving up healthcare costs, and threatening its ability to attract their own people back from universities abroad to set up businesses because wealthier and educated Chinese don't want to suffer with the smog of the masses.

Perhaps Utah's air will keep people from flocking back to Zion...

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