Tag: pollution

Want to escape Utah’s inversion? A progressive group is holding a contest to help you get away

This article originally appeared in Fox 13 News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — With cold temperatures setting in and the smog hovering above from another inversion, a left-leaning advocacy group is sponsoring a contest to escape it. The Alliance for a Better Utah is holding a contest for a lucky winner to flee the cold to Las Vegas in mid-February. “Just give people an opportunity

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Utah’s Waste Problem

As I write this blog post I am sitting on a plastic chair, typing on plastic keys. Earlier, I ate food from a plastic tupperware, drank from a plastic Nalgene bottle, and ate an apple — after peeling off the plastic produce sticker. I listened to music with plastic headphones and looked at my phone,

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Escape the Inversion!

These are trying times. Politics are tumultuous; the actions of our legislators are often mind-boggling; and to top it off, the Salt Lake Valley’s notorious inversion is BACK. Need to get away from it all, just for a little while? Alliance for a Better Utah is giving away a trip to Stoneridge Mountain Resort in

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For clean air, we have to work together

It’s January. The holidays are over, kids are back in school. It is a time of new beginnings and resolutions, and soon the legislative session will begin. It’s also a time for coughing, watery eyes, increased respiratory issues–in other words, the inversion is on its way. Every winter, Utah, especially the northern part of the

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Escape the inversion

The inversion is coming and we’d like to help you avoid it–at least for a week. Thanks to a generous donor, we’re giving away a 7-day resort getaway to Sedona, AZ so you can escape the winter inversion. Get some sun and breathe clean air at the beautiful Sedona Summit Resort from Sunday, February 1, 2015 to

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 48 – May 14, 2013

Last week the world witnessed another record fall by the wayside as earth-warming carbon dioxide levels reached an all time high of over 400 parts per million. Its not exactly the kind of record we should be breaking. In an interview with the New York Times, one scientist, describing the feat, said, “It feels like

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SLC still faces same issues 40 years later

While moving last week I stumbled onto a 1970s monograph by the late Dr. Claron E. Nelson, professor of economics at the University of Utah, and, incidentally, my brother-in-law’s grandfather. Dr. Claron’s manuscript, This is a Community: Salt Lake City 1971, is an economic development study of Salt Lake City that considers the city not just

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 47 – May 7, 2013

New numbers released last week by the Department of Environmental Quality don’t bode well for cleaning up our winter inversions. According to a report by the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah County–which repeatedly found itself with the country’s worst air this past winter–needs to cut its wintertime pollution by an additional 20 percent to meet even

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Legislators should look up, not down

“We have beautiful roads.” Those were Sen. Margaret Dayton’s comments yesterday in the Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee regarding a bill that would increase speed limits in several sections of the I-15 corridor. And she’s right. The newly finished portion of I-15 in Utah County is pothole free and wide and easy going.

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Simple Bills Can Cause Not-so-simple Problems

While the rest of the country is rejoicing because the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Groundhog did not see his shadow, northern and central Utahns remain under the shadow of another capricious creature: winter inversion. Though last week afforded a few days of beautiful sun and rising temperatures, a high pressure system and a buildup of noxious PM

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