This group is just blowing smoke, industry in Utah is not polluting this state,
its our own government that is causing the pollution. Inversions are a natural
event and cannot be used to determine pollution levels unless these groups are
willing to depopulate the state of people. Inversions have been a
part of the Wasatch front from the time long before the Mormons moved in and its
accumulative affects are not cause to blame any industry for pollution readings.
Federal and State averages cannot be standardized on any standard charts, Utah
is a unique condition found no where else in the world and that must be a
considered as a natural environmental condition. As long as individual daily
standards are in compliance, the accumulative standards and weather conditions
over time do not apply. People and government are the polluters, not
these small industry operations, and Utah is all small industry business. The
only big industry Utah has is government, airport, military Aircraft who have no
emission standards and put out the emissions of 50,000 cars and no body seems
to want to tackle those real environmental issues.
@ My 2 Cents:I agree that the inversions cause a lot of our
pollution problems, but I don't know how you can say that industry does not
pollute. Of course the refineries add to the pollution. But I agree with you
that the majority of the pollution comes from personal vehicles. The best way
to limit pollution along the Wasatch Front is to streamline traffic, encourage
working from home and satellite locations, and expand and grow ridership on
public transportation. This group blaming refineries for the pollution problems
reminds me of someone who once told me that they don't like refineries
because they are ugly (as she walked out to her car to go do errands).
Gas prices are driven not only by the price of oil, but also by the capacity of
the refineries. Rather than the expansion just being about the refiners making
money (if they did not, there would be no refiners and we would have no
gasoline), it is about removing another factor that puts upward pressure on gas
prices.Also, it is for domestic oil, helping reduce our dependence
on foreign oil.It’s a win-win.I remember a few
years ago there was talk of putting a refinery in near Green River that would
handle the high paraffin Uintah Basin oil. I think some greenies probably
stopped it - now it's coming to an urban area. Smooth move, greenies.
When Dr. Moench and his group make a public statement, it’s usually a
concern that’s manufactured or way overstated. Yes, pollution is often a
concern, and we should do what we reasonably can. But the doctor does not have
the answer, with his ideological opposition to mining, fossil fuels, and nuclear
power. His prescriptions would further damage our economy, raise prices, and
kill jobs, while providing little or no provable health benefit.