Tackling bad air

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 20, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    What an odd article. At one point, it sites that congestion is not a significant issue in the area - no problem with cars just sitting, idling. But then it proposes as the solution to the problem a congestion reduction program.

    This makes no sense.

    In an inversion, whither you spew particulate at 8 am or 10 am, it makes no difference. It is simply the fact that you were spewing emissions into the air when the air has too little circulation. Time makes no difference. Congestion taxes like in london are intended to spread traffic out, or out in out eliminate it.

    If Utah wants to shape behavior via taxation, tax cars on how much they emit per mile. Low emissions cars, lower annual fees. Cars that emit a lot, pay a lot. Cars that emit a little, pay a little. That will shape how people perceive their cars. Want a Pick up... fine.... just buy one that doesn't pollute.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    On my last trip to northern Utah I noticed there is still something belching from the old Geneva Steel area in Utah county & some industrial areas spewing pollution. The pollution now begins around Fillmore and north, is it the Intermountain Power Project to the west of Fillmore? Another concern is the refineries of North Salt Lake, which don't get a bad rap but smell terrible and must be contributing to the bad air. Also, Kennecott is a major concern. We need to look to cleaner energies and hold the private sector accountable as well. In my recent Dr's visit, he asked if I live in SLC or visit there often as the air is bad for health and could shorten life (not just cancer or heart disease). I feel for all of you up north with your asthma, bronchitis, stinging eyes, grey gunky air and pollution soup bowl. Lucky for us down south the air is blue, however I'm seeing more haze & stench in St. George as it grows.

  • 4word thinker Murray, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    It raising taxes = cleaner air, our air should be 50% cleaner now.

    But it isn't.

    So let's not pretend we can tax our way to cleaner air.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    "...Bad winter air has been a part of life in the northern Utah valleys for a long time...".

    So let's spread the blame around...

    and then do nothing.


  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 20, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    In other news --

    Energy Solutions dumps the world's spent radio active waste in Utah,
    while others propose using arsenic for gold mining.

    Meanwhile --
    Utah has the highest rates of autism, liked to mercury.
    Mercury is found coming from Kennecott, and coal buring power plants.

    But, the Republican led, global warming denying, burn baby burn ultra-cons don't care, and willfully ignore.

  • dustmagnet heber city, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    No one in this government (or apparently this newspaper) is addressing the other half of the equation - industrial pollution - Require air scrubbers, require contained burning, require up to date pollution control equipment. Until you do... I, and probably many others, will continue to consider this government as bought and paid for by the corporations, and as such... representing the corporations and NOT the people!!! Deseret News - shame on you for not addressing the "other half" and down playing the seriousness of this!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    Mandate electric cars only in 2020.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 20, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Nice balanced article on Salt Lake City's air pollution, except you left out the elephant on the west bench. Kennecott belches out about 33% of the valley's pollution, and they don't just give us the run of the mill particulates and smog, they contribute the toxic metals lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.

    Remember when people didn't think that Utah Valley couldn't prosper without Geneva's brown cloud? Maybe its time to ask if Salt Lake Valley wouldn't be better off without Kennecott's toxic haze.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Oh I'm sorry, I thought I was reading the DNews, but then I saw the call for cleaner air, the suggestion for higher gas taxes, and ideas for congestion pricing.

    Then I read a balanced article on Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage and I knew must have hit the bookmark key for the "The Rachel Maddow" blog!


  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    The truth in taxation law took my vote away. So what can I say.