Guest opinion: 5 ways we can clean Utah's air

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  • IPAfanatic Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    To "RedShirtCalTech" true except for the fact that EVs primary source of emissions is the power plant used to charge its batteries. Whereas ICEs emissions come from their tailpipes, the tailpipes of the tankers used to transport their fuel to the gas station, the emissions from the refineries that create the gasoline, the power plants powering said refineries, and the emissions from the mining of oil used for gasoline. Plus, EVs convert roughly 80-95% of their stored energy into kinetic energy, whereas ICEs only convert roughly 20-25%. Anyway you slice it, EVs are better for our air quality, both here in the valley and at the power plant. And if you don't want to support coal plants, there's the Blue Sky Energy program you can participate in to purchase your electricity from clean, renewable sources.

    As for your statement about cost of operating EVs, using older model Nissan Leafs is a bad example. Newer EVs have already addressed the issue of battery life thanks to the thousands of patents Tesla released to the public. Their cars can go 300K miles without replacing their batteries, look at Tesloop.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    June 10, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    Make expenses for using public transit tax deductible and they will use it.

  • drski Eden, UT
    June 7, 2019 10:51 p.m.

    Raise the tax on gas. People would drive less.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    June 7, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    To "liberal larry " in the case of your electric car you just changed the location where the pollution gets spewed. Unless you have solar panels or a wind turbine, your car was charged using COAL or NATURAL GAS.

    To "IW " the problem with electric cars is the cost. For example, if you look on KSL for a Nissan Leaf, you can get one for about $10,000 with around 50,000 miles on it. The problem is that Nissan only guarantees their batteries for 56,000 miles. A replacement battery is $7800. Most people cannot afford to spend $10,000 on an electric car only to gamble that the battery will last 5 years or more.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 7, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    No one mentioned jet smoke streaming out that makes a blue sky turn silver with who knows what falling down on us.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    June 7, 2019 8:38 a.m.

    The proven way to reduce vehicle pollution is natural gas as fuel. No one seems to want that. Trains carry the same weight of freight a lot farther for the amount of energy used, but they are so severely regulated that shippers use trucks. An Israeli firm is testing a hydrogen fuel [not a fuel cell or hydrogen gas] in the Netherlands on buses, trains, and barges. It is supposed to be about half the cost of electric. The company is Elctriq-GLobal

  • Million Riverton, UT
    June 7, 2019 6:49 a.m.

    What can you do? Wood burners are major contributors to air pollution but don't want to stop their polluting because they like their fire places. Dryer sheets contribute up to 3% of the air pollution compared to cars but who wants to have static on their clothes. And there are still those who will burn coal thinking they are saving money. What can you do?

  • IW Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    Electric cars get 3 times better mileage than gas, are cheaper to maintain an would save Utahan's money. Modern EV cars have over 200 mile range so that is rarely a consideration for valley commuters. Having an State incentive to encourage people to make the switch would do a lot for air quality

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 6, 2019 12:24 p.m.

    If UTA were an actual Mass Transit agency, instead of a commercial and residential development agency, enriching the well connected, we'd be miles ahead in both congestion and pollution fronts.

  • Joshua Stewart Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2019 12:19 p.m.

    How about getting UDOT to reduce travel lanes on State Street so we can re-develop our existing city cores to be more residential friendly, walkable, connected, and beautiful. And get the State Legislature to fund State Street renewal with gas tax money - this is a way better idea than the truck happy Inland Port or the sprawling Prison site?

    How about rail service on 700 East - great connections to the CBD and University of Utah?

    How about using 10% of the gas tax to preserve farms, natural spaces, recreational spaces, and open space to limit sprawl along the Wasatch Front.

    How about stopping freeway widening and expansion and induced demand?

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2019 11:30 a.m.

    How about reinstituting the state tax credit for electric vehicles? My electric car gets the equivalent of 100+mpg, and doesn't spew any pollution inside the Salt Lake Valley!

    How about code requirement for new home construction that significantly lower heating and cooling bills, and pollution. Maybe the developers at the capital have had a say about this issue.

    How about lowering the speed limit on I-15? Cars going 55mph use 20% less fuel than when going 75mph.