@Maverik,Re: "How can our do-nothing legislature live with
themselves"?Exactly what can the LEGISLATURE do to fix our
air?It's not up to them... it's up to you and me!===What would you have the legislature do? Just pass a law that
says, "We shall have clean air"???What law would you have
them pass to clean our air???Like the letter said... 60% of our
population comes from our cars. Should they pass a law preventing us from
driving our cars? Note: That comes right back to me and you not driving...
doesn't it?Do you see now that you and me have to be the
solution... not just the legislature??===You blame the
Legislature alone. What have they done (or not done) to deserve your derision?
Not used the government magic wand to restore clean air???And what
could they possibly do (in reality) to get out of your dog-house?Nothing they could do would please you... so why try??
I get tired of being compared to Mexico City, Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, or
Moab. Even if we didn't live in a unique air shed, the only comparison that
really matters is how are we doing compared to the air quality standards, and
are we improving? Where are we compared to where we have been? Are we getting
better?This valley is too full of naysayers with error-riddled
long-term memories who refuse to look at the facts. Data show that the air is
significantly better now than it was in the past - it continually gets better.
All the Chicken Littles trying to create a phantom menace find an eager audience
in the local press; and yet, no matter how much they rant, and no matter who
takes their bait, the sky is still securely in place. Were there the
relationship between air pollution and mortality posited by those quixotic
morons, then our ancestors would have all died off long ago, and there would be
a negative population growth in this valley, thus solving the "problem."
Liberal....I was (admittedly not well) being sarcastic. I've been getting a
kick out the recent articles in the paper comparing us to other places, usually
the worst in the nation and the world. It always felt to me like an effort to
rationalise it away, as if to say 'look how much worse it is in
Fairbanks!", (or Beijing or wherever). Rather than these efforts to dismiss
it, I think we should look at it without even bothering to factor in population
or climate or geography as excuses. When you go outside in the wintertime and
the air reeks and its' all dingy and you get particulate matter collecting
on everything, regardless of the contributing factors in absolute terms we have
a problem. And regardless of whether or not people in other places deal with it,
I think we should.
Wow. Just wow.How can our do-nothing legislature live with
themselves? Are all repubs bought off by big pollute?Why isn't
there outrage? Even temple square should be upset with this. One of our great
industries is tourism. We ain't gonna any have tourism is our air quality
Re: "In Salt Lake, up to 60 percent of pollution comes from mobile sources
(mostly automobiles) . . . ."First off, it should be said that a
chart comparing SLC's PM10 concentrations to those of Mexico City is
completely irrelevant to any discussion of air pollution. Visible urban
particulate matter emissions contribute only a tiny fraction -- always less than
15%, usually much less -- to the urban background.On a yearly
average basis, particulates in SLC are primarily "sea salt" [from the
Lake] aerosols. During fire season or drought, sea salts may be exceeded by
other mineral and/or organic particulates, but the automobiles Mr. Hoffmire
wants desperately to blame our and Mexico City's "pollution" on?
They contribute 0% of PM10 and only a tiny, tiny percentage of PM2.5.Bottom line: The reduction in the number of trips the author wants so badly to
pat us on the head for, changed the PM10 ratio between us and Mexico City by --
wait for it -- zero.Future expensive, inconvenient, dangerous, and
unsustainable collectivized transport can be expected to contribute essentially
the same -- 0% -- toward "solving" SLC's "pollution"
problem.But, they're shiny.
Next comparison, Peking? Oops sorry, Bejing.
I am encouraged to see such dramatic improvement in Mexico's pollution. In
the mid 1980's I lived in Mexico City for 14 months as a missionary. The
pollution was nearly unbearable at times. I am saddened to see that the Salt
Lake Valley is struggling to make major improvements. One of the reasons Mexico
City has made such dramatic improvements is their public transportation system
is top notch. As missionaries we traveled around the City exclusively on foot
and public transit. You could get within easy walking distance of anywhere even
in the mid 80's and I understand public transit is even better today.
Sadly, UTA has done a terrible job of getting people within walking distance of
their destinations. In Mexico City they have a robust system with a combination
of public and private operators through which you can navigate the city easily.
We need to do a better job with public transportation here.
The mode of mass transit makes a big difference. TRAX is successful because
riding it is a pleasant experience. Buses are much less so because riding the
bus is a bust - who likes it? Frontrunner could be a much bigger success of
access to it could be improved - more stops please.
HutteriteAmerican Fork, UTSo, compared to the worst of the worst,
we're not quite there yet.8:40 a.m. May 5, 2014====== Maybe you didn't read or comprehend the article.Mexico City has 9 times the population, yet only 2.5 times more pollution.Meaning, 1/4th the pollution output per capita.or inother
words -- Utah is 4 times WORSE than the worst of the worst.Does that make you feel better?
So, compared to the worst of the worst, we're not quite there yet.
Mr. Hoffmire is by all measures an entrepreneurial genius, he has started
multiple corporations, and managed a successful investment fund. Unforunately
he doesn't seem to know much about air pollution. He manages to write an
editorial on Salt Lake Valley air pollution with out even mentioning Rio Tinto,
large trucks, and the out dated refineries we have in the valley. He offers milk
toast pearls of wisdom like this: "if creative programs like
Ride Share could be expanded, more progress could be made"If the
DeNews wants to devote some of its valuable editorial space to air pollution,
maybe the article should be written by an air quality scientist who doen't
chock on the works "enact measures to reduce pollution from
E10 gets less gas mileage than patrolem, more fumes in the air. Winter gas gets
even less gas mileage cause it is formulated to adamized in the cold.