What Utah needs to think about is how to keep our air healthly for the living GIVEN the unique geography and natural conditions we face and work within those parameters to develop both short-term (e.g., no idling days) and long-terms solutions (e.g., designing communities to be less car dependent).
Some counties have virtually no emission standards for cars. Incentives need to be made for people to buy hybrid cars that no only get great gas mileage, but also emit significantly fewer pollutants.
All this blaming Mother Nature for our air quality problems gets us nowhere.
What counties have "no emission standards for cars"???
I hope you can name them. Because I thought annual State Vehicle Emission Inspections was a STATE law, not a County Law.
I agree that just blaming it on nature gets us nowhere. But we aren’t just blaming nature. We’re working hard to drive less and change our life style and habbits to help.
IGNORING the Nature Component of the problem also gets us nowhere. It’s obviously there, and obviously a factor that NEEDS to be considered when comming up with effective soultions.
ALL factors need to be taken into account and thought about when discussing the best ways to solve our problems (including the factors NATURE and seasonal conditions contribute to the problem). But of course population and behavior are the things we can control most, so they are what we are working on. But just ignoring nature doesn’t solve the problem and would be unwise. Maybe we can find a way to work WITH Nature to solve the problem.
Toyota Prius = 51 mpg
Honda civic = 45 mpg
Ford Fusion = 41 mpg
VW Jetta = 42 mpg
Do you really need a gas guzzler?
All day – Every day – all season – all year??
Are you from around here?
50 years ago, our air WAS bad.
It’s still bad, just not AS bad.
I believe in Eternal perfection, and Eternal PROGRESSION.
I want to look God in the eye and say, YES, I did EVERYTHING possible to make the world a better place.
I was given 5 talents, and I give thee 10 talents. – good and faithful servant.
Understand where I’m going with this??
If you think the air is bad, image what you would be breathing of conservative Utahns had won out.
It is going to be very tough to meet the new standard. The airshead will need to export its combustion to non-inverted areas, and import the electricity. It will be interesting watching what is needed to be below 35.
We have employed engineers to develop smog and air pollution mitigation systems. We have more cars today than in 1963 when smog devices were first implemented with PVC value.
We have wind generation that gives farmers another income stream. We have heating that while producing less pollution uses less energy saving you money. Adding insulation and retro fixing homes created jobs and new businesses.
Thanks to the regressive agenda, Germany leads the world in solar power and America must buy wind generators from China.
Though I don’t want those statements in the loaded form you convey (ie the only faction that insists the govt do all those things are conservatives trying to perpetuate a fallacy of liberal stigmas), those are all essential to a civilization. Indeed, protection of the environment, cleaning the air, educating our children, teaching respect for other inhabitants of the earth, ensuring equal rights for all, and allowing women the constitutionally protected right to choose are all imperative to the American civilization.
Such a civilization will create jobs (green tech), increase wages (equal pay for equal work), provide decent housing (improving air quality and environmental surroundings), provide practicable transportation (public = less cars on the road so less traffic/damage to thoroughfares), lower taxes (if people like you didn’t resist, legislation would not be needed), and provide reasonably priced goods/services (buying local would be cheaper if practiced on a larger scale while simultaneously cutting pollution b/c less trucks shipping crosscountry, not to mention healthier goods – so lower medical expenditures).
To be sure, the only people who ‘rely’ on the government for said changes seem to be the resisting conservatives.