A little less than 50% of Utah’s air pollution comes from tailpipes. But let’s be very clear: that slice of the pollution pie (referred to as mobile emissions) includes refinery trucks, UPS trucks, interstate traffic, police cars, postal trucks, buses, Stericycle trucks and anything else with a license plate….so let’s not place all the tailpipe blame on citizen drivers who are just trying to get to and from work, run errands, and pick up kids from soccer practice.
DAQ, Governor Herbert, most of our Legislators and the BIG polluters love everyone thinking that it is just the little guys making most of the pollution – and therefore if we want clean air, we must just stop driving.
I do not deny that our cars are part of the problem, but until our government puts in the infrastructure for people to get out of their cars and still get to the places they need to go in a timely fashion, all their blame on mom and pop tailpipes is nearly meaningless. It is just a literal smoke screen that diverts attention from the BIG polluters who are unfairly hogging up the airshed – all the while profiting while our lungs and hearts pay the price.
Utah’s air pollution solution MUST include infrastructure for alternative transportation AND require stricter controls on ALL industrial sources of pollution.