Deseret News
Letter to the editor

I appreciated the Deseret News' comprehensive look into air pollution legislation. The article points out that special-interest groups are sometimes a significant barrier to passing air pollution legislation. I would encourage the Legislature to heed the largest and most important special-interest group, our children. Admittedly, they are a poorly organized lobby, but their health is most vulnerable to air pollution.

Air pollution may be mitigated by increasing the price on carbon energy and giving the proceeds back to the people. The public will be incentivized economically to avoid driving high-polluting vehicles, preferring to commute in an electric vehicle, a hybrid or a fuel-efficient vehicle. This already makes economic sense in some situations, and most of us know a savvy friend or relative who pays for their fuel-efficient car by not commuting with their gas guzzler.

Noah Syroid

Salt Lake City