Population and smog

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  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 15, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Those who have been around a while know that the air is cleaner now than in the seventies. Population is not the problem, the closed valley is.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    I've learned in this very population recently that we're dangerously under populated. More will surely make it better.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 7:20 a.m.

    Not a bad summary of the paradox facing us right now. Our economy is set up such that continual growth is required for it to be considered healthy. But a finite world with finite resources can only sustain continual growth for so long before serious drawbacks and consequences start to show. Water supply problems, congestion, air pollution, skyrocketing housing prices as every square inch is developed. Complete dependence on faraway agriculture to produce our food because everything here is now concrete and shingles. I worry about how this contradiction will resolve itself.

    But then, maybe I shouldn't. According to many around here, growth-related problems aren't anything that a little more growth couldn't fix.