It may not look like it, but northern Utah air cleaner than it used to be

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  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    Thankfully it appears the Salt Lake Media are beginning to actually do some of their own research on the subject of air pollution and not simply re-printing the latest hysterical press release from environmental activists.

    Now perhaps they will start to challenge the grossly distorted and misleading claims about air quality which are routinely made by these activists. When fearmongering is no longer the overriding force driving the debate over air quality then and only then can we as a society have a rational discussion about the benefits and costs of increased regulation.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 6, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Visited over the Holidays and saw the inversion pollution. When we were students at BYU the air was so bad that visibility in the evenings was about 100 ft. BYU canceled intramurals for health reasons. When you drove through the SL valley you would have to turn on your windshield wipers to remove the soot.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 11:40 p.m.

    Re: "For citizens to write in and actually support the insane way we poison ourselves is a sad commentary on our society."

    I'm WAY more ashamed of the citizens who write in and cynically add shrill, unsupported, disingenuous moral tones to their ridiculous demands that we take "air quality" measures that will not only be destructive of the economy on which real people depend, but will have no measureable effect on the quality of the air.

    Kinda makes you wonder how someone could become that elitist and out-of-touch.

  • Drew Chamberlain Layton, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Now tell the rest of the story, 85% of the inversion is natural (rotting grass and leaves). Only 15% is man made. We could ban every car and destroy every industry and still see little improvement in pm 2.5 air quality. This is nature at work, get used to it. Drive to the mountain valleys, even sinks with no population have thick inversions.

  • Drew Chamberlain Layton, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    Thank you Mr. Jed. The truth finally. The air is cleaner today than it has been for the last 30 years!!! I have been saying that for years. It takes a lot of guts to take on the stinkin "Toxic Foggers", you are a champion.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    If you watched the local news last week and the reporting of the air quality you would have thought the world was coming to an end, especially the lead story on KUTV Channel 2 last Saturday night. All I know is this: it could be a lot worse. Nothing is perfect. If you want clean air go back to the days of the horse and buggy and no fireplaces. In fact, have no fire anywhere @Mighty Mouse. Come on now. With everything good that comes about there will always be a negative tied into it, in some form or fashion. Just be grateful that you have the ability and the chance to post on here and refute what other folks say. I am.

  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Shameful! That's what it is when you can actually see the poison we are breathing. To have government officials speak of progress when you can't see the blue sky or have to look at the mountains through a thick blanket of haze you know we have the wrong people for the job they need to be replaced. For citizens to write in and actually support the insane way we poison ourselves is a sad commentary on our society.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    Re: "I'm also just a little annoyed that so many continue to gripe as if things have not gotten better . . . ."

    Aren't we all! And, it seems to make them mad that we just can't accept their unsupported blather.

    Today's callow alarmists love to suggest today's Utah air is killing them and us. But anyone who's been here longer than the last couple real-estate boom-bust cycles can attest that today's air quality is superior in every way to the 50's and 60's air I grew up with.

    And even that admittedly bad air didn't create the problems today's disingenuous alarmists blame on much cleaner modern air quality.

    None of this means we should be anything less than scrupulous about seeking and applying economical, best-practice-based methods of maintaining past gains and seeking new ones. But, suggestions that we are somehow morally obligated to implement radical, untried, impractical measures that would destroy Utah's economy and the jobs that support it, are typically the deranged ramblings of callow, out-of-touch, elitists.

    Folks my Dad described as those afflicted with more dollars than sense.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    "Still, the air people breathe now is much cleaner than it was a few decades ago, air quality officials said. One reason is that today’s cars and industry pollute less."

    As someone who has lived here long enough to remember how the valley was in the days of coal-fired furnaces, dark billows of diesel exhaust and many more industrial type facilities operating during the inversions, this is a point I've made many times.

    I'm very pleased we've cleaned up our act since those times, making the inversions less bothersome and dangerous than the once were. I hope the trend continues.

    I'm also just a little annoyed that so many continue to gripe as if things have not gotten better and that we're living in gunk that we're crazy to breath. To them I say, take a deep breath (despite your fears) and calm down. You too will survive, as so many have before you in much worse conditions.