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Obama’s most effective action?

Anyone who’s the West in winter knows brown smog, often by atmospheric inversions, can blight the prettiest valleys for weeks at a While it’s tempting to big industrial smokestacks, that account for university towns Missoula, Mont. and Logan, which experience episodes of smog even though factories are largely academic, out graduates.

Driving, it turns is the main culprit behind of the West’s worst air pollution, as car and exhaust lingers in the basins, in stale air masses. That the best strategy for combating bad air is in our hands: our car keys. But driving is for governments to regulate and Westerners to up.

Even in California – where has allowed the state government to vehicle-emission standards that are than federal Clean Air Act – the air remains smoggy, partly due to the number of vehicles. Most Western states have not those stricter standards, their politics are not as green as

But the politics of air pollution are shifting, and – where the growing number of along the urban Wasatch has caused pollution increases draw headlines and F grades the American Lung Association – is leading the way. Groups the Utah Physicians for a Healthy and Utah Moms for Clean both formed in 2007, are the pollution’s health impacts. And the Division of Air Quality, under to comply with the Clean Air spent much of this crafting an emissions-reduction plan even limits the fumes hairspray and requires restaurants to grill exhaust.

Yet vehicle emissions remain the biggest source – roughly 50 – of Utah’s Wasatch Front smog problem; refineries, plants and other point contribute no more than 12 That’s why Utah’s Republican Gary Herbert, has publicly what might be the Obama most effective action on any issue.

The so-called Tier 3 proposed last March by Environmental Protection Agency are the major federal advance on vehicle emissions in 13 years. are two components: One forces vehicle-makers to cleaner-emission cars and light-duty and the other requires gasoline and refiners to scrub more from gasoline. Together, the could cut key pollutants by as much as 80 depending on the type of vehicle.

In Tier 3 is comparable to putting on all of the personal four-wheeled smokestacks driving. Beginning in 2017, new would be roughly equivalent to gas Honda Civics or the low-emissions approved by the California Air Resources The EPA expects to finalize the regulations in

The improvements aren’t free, of Consumers would pay another per gallon for gasoline, and a new vehicle’s would rise by around the EPA says. By 2030, the annual cost would be about billion. But the benefits would be bigger, with annual savings of between $8 billion and $23 as people spend less on hospital admissions and ailments asthma, and use less sick off work. Up to 2,400 premature would be prevented each

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These safeguards, says Pacenza, policy director for the advocacy group, HEAL are the single biggest step we can to clean up our air in coming decades.

Many national scientific, and health groups are backing 3 – NO to smog! YES to cleaner cars! the Sierra Club. So are the National of Clean Air Agencies, representing in nearly every state and than 100 cities, and the Alliance of Manufacturers, which includes General Motors and Chrysler, as as Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. If 3 succeeds, it will have an throughout the U.S. particularly in that suffer high PM the soot blamed for brown smog. That’s especially for Utah’s Wasatch Front, the EPA projects that Tier 3 do more to cut emissions than else.

The Tier 3 supporters in include not only advocacy but also lawmakers of both and the state Air Quality Board, nine members determine regulations and include initially representatives of the oil, gas and petroleum

Herbert might be the only Republican governor in the nation to ask the for tougher regulations on anything. In his own to the EPA, he called Tier 3 a strategy for dealing with PM 2.5 problems and noted the limited states have over pollution. He says it will Utah achieve better air statewide, but warns the agency according to industry, the true of reducing sulfur will be 6 to 9 cents a gallon. Refinery may also increase, but should be by the reduced vehicle emissions.


Obama is helping states have realized that like high-occupancy vehicle and mass transit can only go so far in air pollution. Like previous actions that removed from gasoline, required programs in areas with the pollution, cleaned up diesel and began the incremental process of that vehicles be cleaner and efficient, the EPA has appeared in the nick of more or less announcing, the federal government and I’m to help.

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