Utah Clean Air Caucus unveils legislative measures

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    Here's a few possible ideas:
    Prioritize traffic signals so that trax, and buses can move more smoothly (maybe not even stopping?)through intersections. We need to make mass transit more desirable for people to ride.

    Put UTA under the control of UDOT. Use the money saved on the MANY 6 figure salaries at UTA to actually improve mass transit.

    Have schools and ALL government workers work only 4 days per week. Have longer school days and have government workers on 10 hr. work days. Mandatory.

    Stagger (by law)arrival times for employees based on last name; i.e. - people with last names a-h start at 6 a.m., people with last names h-s start at 7, etc. Rotate once a year so some people don't always get stuck with the 6a.m. time slot!

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    Though more a big city thing than a Utah thing specifically, air quality is the only thing that would ever bother me about moving to a busy place like Salt Lake City. It's rare and refreshing to address the issue without the backdrop of environmentalist extremism or militant opposition to conventional energy sources, but I really don't have any insight as to what is or is not a good or effective idea. I would suppose intuitively that keeping things away from residential zones would be sensible; such is where I care most about the air, after all.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    Here is an idea instead of you green advocates regulating and legislating me into compliance or establishing discriminative tax exemptions how about you actually become engineers and develop a better product. I just sat through 2 years of this green technology indoctrination up at the University of Utah and have read every propoganda and research article advocating for solar, wind and electric cars, smart grids etc. But not one addressed the real issue. If you want to get off fossil fuels great, I'm all for it, but develop a viable replacement option that still fills the needs of the consumer and gives them more options and freedom not less and more restrictions. All your green technology currently cannot exist without goverment subsidy, cannot perform better than what we already have and has serious problems in supply shortfall, output, dependability, and economic viability and generates a whole plethora of new problems. And please don't use the excuse that big oil is keeping technology off the market I've seen the cash influx numbers into the green industry advocates and non profit 501C-3 societal sucko off groups whose profit margins put to shame anything the oil companies rake in.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    These are very weak band-aid measures. A large amount of our pollution comes from a small percentage of cars that don't meet emissions standards. I think that all cars older than ten years should be tested twice a year. That will do more to curb pollution than any other measure.

  • dave4197 Redding, CA
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    How about this method to determine the annual registration for a vehicle. #1 don't use the age or value or weight, #2 do use the epa fuel usage and charge guzzlers more than sippers. #3 use miles driven and charge more registration for cars driven more miles (if the odo doesn't work, set the registrations fee at the high end). #4 charge this registration to gov't cars and trucks as well, they are a significant portion of vehicles on the road; their managers need to feel the hit of paying their fair share and living within a budget.
    Make a revenue neutral change in the first year for the overall fleet of vehicles registered.
    This will be a cultural shock to some, but the present system of charging more for new cars and having no differential fee based on mpg or miles driven makes the present system a non player in any attempt to improve air quality. It's a new day, this needs to change, and the legislature needs to get out of the dark ages already.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    First legislator to propose that the oil refineries move away from the Wasatch Front has my vote. It's laughable that they have this big news conference, but Big Oil isn't mentioned as a problem.