a reply to: Bloomoon
So I actually live in Utah. And I live in Salt Lake County where the pollution is actually the worst. There are times of the year that our particles
per foot (or whatever they call it) are the highest in the entire world! We even pass up China many days of the year.
The reason they are focusing on the winter is because that is when the inversion is so severe the city looks like it's in a constant state of
disgusting fog - but it's actually pollution. You can taste it in the air. It tastes like exhaust.
They have been working pretty hard at driving down our pollution, but are laying the blame entirely on cars. Not the massive refineries. However, in
Uintah county, the refinery that was causing the worst has been shut down for a good 10 years (Geneva Steel - which btw, was the biggest polluting
refinery ON EARTH until they shut it down, and guess what? China bought it. So the entire thing was dismantled piece by piece to be rebuilt in
China). In Uintah County, the biggest pollutant actually is the cars. And you have to realize, Uintah county has on average, larger families. So
that means multiple things.
1) SUVs, Trucks, Vans.... large vehicles with bad gas mileage that spew out more pollution. (Also due to the amount of snow we get 6 months out of the
2) Where there are more babies - the higher the mortality rate will be.
It's like saying power lines cause cancer, when in reality if there are power lines, that means there is a population, and the more lines, the more
people... the larger the chance for cancer. If that makes sense.
I'm NOT saying that it isn't a part of it. It is. Definitely. When you can't breathe as an adult, you can guarantee children are having an even
harder time. Our environment affects us on a cellular level. There are more and more children being born with asthma and chronic lung issues.
People who leave Utah and come back end up with severe allergies because of the air quality and dryness.
I even have a pollution mask I wear when running outside during the winter.
The hard part about fixing the pollution in Uintah county is it HAS to come from the people. They HAVE to make a change. (I say THEY because I'm
already driving a hybrid). However - that means basically forcing people into a clean-air vehicle. And a clean-air vehicle means less gas being
used. Which means less taxes being paid. The economic repercussions could be very dramatic.
In fact, there is a bill on the drawing board to cause hybrid owners to pay higher taxes because we aren't using as much gas, which translates to
less taxes to be used for the roads, etc.
So first, they want to give a tax break for hybrids - and then they realize... uh oh... less money in our pockets - TAX TAX TAX!
SO - all that said, it could be one reason why it's being held off. The money that comes with the refineries and oil and gas and taxes... all of the