i am not going to question the "experts" .... but my lungs
hurt a lot when there is pollution in the air......
We are only 3 months from the time of year when the DesNews typically starts
publishing an endless string of articles about bad air along the Wasatch Front.
There are a few handfuls of people along the Wasatch Front who incessantly lobby
every year to shut down pollution sources with heavy handed regulation without
any regard for the economic impact on the average family in terms of cost of
vehicles and equipment, the cost of lost jobs, etc. No doubt some are quite
sensitive to our air inversions, but the average person not so much. Much more
important to most families is the job market, wages, the cost of food, housing
and transportation, etc. Heavy handed regulation that pushes too
hard destroys jobs in the short-run and increases the prices of goods and
services. Travel to California's most regulated cities and you will
instantly see how high these costs can go. We need to balance tighter
regulation with economic growth and the pace of technology development. Yes,
tighter regulation can increase the pace of pollution reducing technology
innovation. Again, however, we need to balance this with economic growth and
The LDS Salt Lake Temple was power washed in about 1962. A short 30 years later
in 1993 it received a full exterior refresh with repair of the granite and
mortar, chemical wash, and repainting of wood trim. It required full
scaffolding.I recall how dingy and dirty the granite was as the
scaffolding went up compared to how bright and clean it was when the work was
completed.We are not yet at 30 years since the SL Temple was
cleaned. But we are closing in on that time. The temple is much cleaner today
than it was the last time it had been 25 years since a good washing.And this even as population has dramatically increased along the Wasatch
Front.The air is better, violent crime is down, lifespans are
higher, medical technology is markedly improved in many areas, we have lots of
jobs. We have our challenges, but lets not think the past was always better or
that we are inextricably headed to doom and gloom.
When Trump gave the pen from the first bill he signed to the CEO of DuPont,
it's impossible not to consider any EPA report a work of considerable
Under President Trump's leadership and policies, everything is getting
better, even the air is cleaner!
"Do you folks really believe the air is cleaner now than in 1990?"Yes, I do. I have lived almost my entire life somewhere on or near the
Wasatch Front, and I have seen first-hand the huge reductions in air pollution
from when I was a child.Some of this was due to regulation --
especially the redesign of the automobile engine mandated by the 1970 Clean Air
Act. The average 2018 model car emits less than 1% of the pollution of the
average 1968 model car.Some of it was due to improvements
technology, and the replacement of dirty coal and wood furnaces by those using
clean and efficient natural gas. And thanks to abundant local supplies of
natural gas, most electricity along the Wasatch Front is generated using natural
gas instead of coal.And some of it was due to plain old economics.
Geneva Steel went out of business because they couldn't compete, while
Kennecott upgraded to a cleaner, more efficient smelter in order to keep up with
other producers.The air quality along the Wasatch Front is better
today than at any time in the past 60 years. That's not an opinion;
it's a fact.
I have a question: Were the numbers of unhealthy days on that chart adjusted
for the new, stricter air quality standards? Or do those numbers reflect the
numbers of unhealthy days under the older, looser standards?Because
if the pre-2008 numbers of unhealthy days are based on the older standards, then
the air is even cleaner today than it was in 2000.The current ozone
standard of 0.070 ppm is so strict that days that are considered unhealthy today
wouldn't have even gotten out of the "green" zone in 2000, when the
standard was 0.085 ppm. And if the current standard had been in effect in 2000,
the number of "unhealthy" days would practically double.This
is why I don't pay much attention to air quality alerts anymore: They are
triggered by levels of pollution which are at best only mildly irritating to the
average healthy person.For the overwhelming majority of Utahns air
pollution today is merely a seasonal inconvenience, like pollen or dust.
People who say the air is dirtier than it was 20 or 30 years ago I have to
question their recollection. When Kennicot and the steal mill in Utah Valley
were spewing at their hardest, the air at times was horrible. A lot of these
heavy industries are either gone now, or have retrofitted to minimize their
emissions. Also don't forget that pollutants come in a wide
range of forms - from invisible, tasteless and odorless, to heavy particulate
emissions like we used to see from the oil/coal heat that used to be prevalent
and the rail yard that ran the length of down town. I think if you
had a way-back machine and could go to the 70s and 80s, you might see a lot more
solution than you remembered. It's just that back then we accepted it as
just the way things were. I remember the days in the late 70s when my
grandmothers home was covered to natural gas heat how much cleaner just her own
how was from that point forward. We often remember the past if
favorable terms.... its just human nature.
Based on this news, we can stop worrying about auto emissions, just like Trump
is doing. We don't need to improve any more, or worry about how hot it is
Do you folks really believe the air is cleaner now than in 1990? Based on
observation there is much more pollution in the air within the valley.
Pollution I used to look down at in the valley in the 90s I now look up at. My
eyes tell me there is considerably more pollution in the valley than used to be
the case. I strongly suspect there are significant problems in where the air
samples are being taken - or perhaps not taken.
@ Roland KayserI don't dismiss any of the good things the EPA
has done. However, let's not forget that left to its own devices it would
classify the air we exhale (carbon dioxide) as an air pollutant and defined
puddles, water in tire ruts or standing water as disturbed wetlands to be
regulated under the Clean Water Act. The EPA is like a wild bull - unharnessed
and unchecked - it can and has done a lot of damage. Properly restrained and
directed it can do a lot of good.
Rivers in Ohio don't catch on fire anymore either. Thank God for the EPA!
So it seems like EPA regulations work just as they are supposed to.