Pollution with PM 2.5 is an existential to all who breathe. Children are
particularly sensitive, but the incidence of pulmonary and cardiovascular
complications in all age groups is significant. It can no longer be considered
"the price of doing business."
Regardless of the caveats mentioned by the authors of the study, these results
provide yet more evidence to disprove the hyperbolic contention of local clean
air advocates that air pollution kills at least 1,000 Utahns every year.Over a 15 year period, the study's authors could only document 106
deaths which could be reasonably attributed to PM 2.5 exposure, or roughly 7
deaths per year.This number corresponds well to the results of a
2016 study, which determined ozone pollution in the Salt Lake area caused an
estimated 13 deaths per year.While the BYU study only included a
fraction of the overall Utah population, it can be safely assumed that the
nearly 147,000 individuals in this study were among the most susceptible to air
pollution by the simple fact they sought or required treatment for their
illnesses. The actual number of deaths in the general population attributable
to PM 2.5 pollution is probably even lower.Depending on the
concentration, air pollution can indeed be deadly. But for the vast majority of
Utahns, air pollution levels along the Wasatch Front are a seasonal irritant,
like summertime dust or springtime pollen.
To Closed Minded Mormon, The Fake Maverick and others who have a persistant
political itch they need to scratch, why do you have to be so political? Rodan32
summarized the situation perfectly. This is our problem - all of our problem. I
agree that the more we can do to clean our air, the better off we'd be. The
other day I was jogging past a charter school and at least 10 parents had their
cars idling in front of the school, in April. Amazing! It was 65 degrees. There
was no need to idle. Let's start with all of us. Bag the political
Maybe we need 2.5 million fewer Utahns.
The Kochs don't care. And they spend so much on Utah's politicians to
keep the air foul and dirty.
State Republicans don't care about clean air.They do everything they
can NOT to do anything about it!People will vote for them because of
the (R) anyway....
I don't smoke cigarettes.I smoke car tail pipes.We
don't need oil or coal anymore.
The issue isn't our leaders; it's us. Every new development
that's announced I see comments worrying about whether there will be enough
parking. Every decision for new subdivisions and shopping centers is motivated
by cars. Everyone drives even very short distances, like to church on Sunday.
And if you wanted to walk or bike to the store, how many of you live within a
mile of a store, and once you got there, would you have to walk through a huge
parking lot to get to the entrance anyway?I really like cars. But I
don't like that we live in cities that require you to use them for
everything. When the priority in every planning decision is to make sure cars
can get through town really fast and then park when they get where they're
going, you're going to encourage lots of driving. I'd suggest people
walk a little more, but most of us live too far away from anywhere we could walk
to. My kids aren't even allowed to walk to school because it's not
safe for them to have to cross the 6-lane state highway where idiots go 70 mph
and ignore crosswalks. Plus the school is two miles away anyway, so here we are.
It's not money or politics. It's us.
This is a clash in views of "freedom".On one side, absence
of any government regulation = freedom. (Related health issues are unfortunate,
but as we're told... "freedom isn't free".)On the
other side, freedom from pollution, a healthy environment to raise children is a
type of freedom.Utah politicians are paralyzed - they hope the
Easter Bunny will magically make things better. They fear
libertarian extremists more than they fear angry young parents.
Dexter183 said: "The headline of this article portrays the results of this
study as an absolute certainty. When you read the article it is filled with
“may cause” or “could cause” and “further study is
needed” statements by the researchers analysis."Good
enough for Big Pharm as a disclaimer, even when they know it causes health
problems up to and including death, the "may cause" clause, saves them
millions in law suits.Utah's leaders won't tackle this
until they are forced to. They are filled with excuses, but the solutions
might be hard, or cost."What about the children?" Our wise
leaders created the Zion Curtain to protect delicate eyes from seeing drinks
poured in sin, and fight to keep children from smoking, even second hand smoke
in cars, but we allow our air to be nearly as filthy and you breath it all day
Our leaders lack the backbone to make significant changes. Nobody wants to
admit that we can either have luxury or health. We can't have both. To live
with healthy lungs in Salt Lake, we either need to cut our population by half or
accept a lower standard of living.
Yeah, nobody in political power in Utah is going to change anything: Profits
over children & public health.
The headline of this article portrays the results of this study as an absolute
certainty. When you read the article it is filled with “may cause”
or “could cause” and “further study is needed”
statements by the researchers analysis. Don’t you think it’s a bit
mis-leading for folks that just scan the news paper by reading headlines?
Well, let's see. Health hazards for young children versus lower profits
for polluters and fewer taxes from non-polluting electric cars. Health versus
money. Oops, too bad for the kiddies.