Utahns have serious concerns on air quality, low river levels, poll shows

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  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Another reason to defeat SB139 that would add additional PROPERTY TAX to cleaner cars.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    With Utah's population destined to double -- mostly self-generated (i.e., our kids and grandkids) -- within the next couple of decades, our pollution levels, congestion on highways, and water availability will continue to be acute problems.

    There are a couple of things we can do today to help alleviate those problems for our families.

    One, switch from steam coal- and natural gas-fired electricity to non-water use energy sources, such as solar and wind. By de-coupling our power use from water consumption, this can conserve precious water. Solar and wind are price stable, so the more we put in the ground today, we stabilize our energy costs well into the future for our families.

    Two, build power grid infrastructure for electric vehicles -- they're cheap to operate, can be powered with water-free electricity, and drastically cut pollution in the state. Electric buses using wireless power charge-ups are already a reality.

    Three, make xeriscaping mandatory. Kentucky blue grass may be wonderful eye candy and "cheap" to install, but its costs from watering, toxic fertilizers, and mowing burdens families and society with pollution and loss time with families in maintenance.

  • dustmagnet heber city, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    I firmly believe nothing of any significance is going to be done regarding pollution in Utah until there is a major change in the elected officials in this State. When will corporations be held accountable for their share of the pollution? When will they be told to stop open burning?
    A recent article in MSN Money said Utah was #6 in the country for people moving out of (fleeing). Gee, I wonder why - the ones I know are moving out because of the pollution and because of a government that does NOT represent the interests of the people. Wonder how many businesses will follow suit?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 11:16 p.m.

    Advocates can get a poll to give any results they want.

    In this case, I am sure they are delighted.

    I doubt if they asked if the disgruntled masses would be interested in giving up their cars, home furnaces, and cut dishwashing and showers, and eat native grasses instead of fresh fruits and veggies.

    Comment above about let's use OUR water and have California desalinate some for their use is right no target.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    It is political suicide for a Republican to do anything about air quality or low river levels.

    Republicans do not trust polling techniques where results suggest there are issues with air quality or low river levels for any voters.

    One comment per day in the states leading Republican newspaper suggests my thesis is correct.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 6:40 p.m.

    Citizens of Utah need to be informed on how water in the state gets used. 85% of the state's water gets used by irrigators. When I see huge fields of alfalfa being watered by gigantic sprinklers in the afternoon on a clear day in 95 degree weather all summer long I wonder.

    Do people realize that in 2012 all summer long water users released historically high flows of water out of Jordanelle Reservoir? And 2012 was a serious drought year so why did so much water get released that summer? Shouldn't water flows have been at least normal at the most in a drought year?

    Be informed. Water waste is not just your neighbor watering a green lawn. There is so much more to it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 6:36 p.m.

    And some among us deny climate change. Amazing!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 16, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    There have always been inversions, but until we started emitting pollutants the inversions were only cold and fog. Now we have carbon monoxide and other nasties trapped with it. Nobody's claiming we can get rid of inversions, but we can get rid of the stuff in them that's slowly killing us.

    Want to save a lot of water? Here's an idea: Get rid of golf courses. Every 9 holes of golf require about a million gallons of water EACH DAY. Banning golf would go a long way to solving our water woes. It's a silly, simple-minded game anyway.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    If we truly cared about water we would treat it as a precious resource and not a low priced commodity that has an endless supply. Some Utah cities require citizens to cultivate lawns that require water and fertilizers. We water sidewalks and streets and provide no incentive to zero-scape our homes. Water is still not a priority in most peoples minds. If it were, serious concerns would be translated into serious action.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    What part of you live in a high elevation mountain valley that technically still is classified as a DESERT did you people miss on the way in? Inversion has been happening since before we arrived and yes Deserts are not meant to house a lot of people without bringing in supplies from somewhere else. I suggest new products that are technicaly advanced and still meet the needs of the consumer be engineered or we build massive air filters instead of more laws and controlling regulations. You know produce green technology that actually meets the demand? And as for the water how about Coastal states start investing there green dollars into salt water purification plants instead of taking ours. Just a thought