Utah business leaders make economic case for clean air

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    "realistic expectations"?

    Such as...

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    *'Red air quality alert issued, limit driving' - DSNews - 08/25/10

    'A strong high pressure area has resulted in a buildup of pollutants, forecasters said, making it especially bad for those with health concerns and breathing problems.'

    *'Northern Utah's air is the worst in the nation' - KSL - 01/11/10

    'SALT LAKE CITY -- Northern Utah currently boasts the worst air in the nation, and it's not even a close margin.'

    *'Lung Association slams Utah areas for bad air' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - DSNews - 04/30/09

    *'Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year' - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/19/10

    'SALT LAKE CITY A study commissioned by Utah state agencies says air pollution kills 202 residents a year.'

    Maybe now that the all-powerful BUSINESS leaders in Utah are concerned about the very air we breathe, some action will be taken to clean it up.

    Because the elected leadership of Utah did next to NOTHING when the people were concerned about:

    dust in the air
    Lung disease

    Oh. Wait.

    They tried to ban Huka's.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    While these measures are laudable, the air will always be murky during inversions because of simple physics. The sky would be murky with no humans present because of moisture trapped in the valleys.

    We should have realistic expectations on how clear we could "make" the air get.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:38 a.m.


    "when the biggest problem was horse manure in the street, we had clean air."

    Brilliant. When the biggest problem was horse manure in the street, we also had measles, mumps, rubella, small pox, diphtheria, and polio. We had typhoid and malaria, but we had clean air. They had to rely on sled dogs to get a diphtheria serum to the kids of Nome, Alaska so every kid in the town didn't die...but we had clean air.

    I once heard a wise man who grew up during the depression say, "The only good thing about 'the good ole days' is a bad memory."

  • hapticz New York, NY
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    when the biggest problem was horse manure in the street, we had clean air.

  • Way of the Warrior ANACORTES, WA
    Nov. 30, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    "Mitigating Utah's notorious inversions can have a positive impact on more than just air quality. According to local business leaders, cleaner air could improve the state's business climate as well as upgrade the environment."

    I guess it's better late then never that Utah's business community finally came to this realization. Granted, now that the business community is finally conscious of the problem maybe something will happen to fix it?

    I'm rootin' for ya.