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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials: Keeping the air clean ...

Above: Something at Kennecott Copper.

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- Every little bit: Air quality is everyone’s business - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It was not a single thing that caused the air hanging over Utah’s valleys to become hazardous to our health. And it won’t be a single thing that will fix the problem.

While there are no shortage of things to point fingers at — mines, refineries, cars (in motion and idling), homes and even bakeries — the solution to our collective problem will not be found by ganging up on any one sector and giving everyone else a pass.

And it won’t be solved by any interest group protesting that it should not be expected to change its ways because, all by itself, it won’t be enough to solve the problem.

This is the issue, and the realization, that faces the Utah Division of Air Quality as it gathers suggestions from all comers on how it might have a hope of meeting a federal deadline for creating a plan to cut down on a specific form of air pollution. ...

... There are so many different sources of PM2.5 emissions that each of them will have to be addressed.

Everything from tougher emissions standards for autos and trucks to new-style household appliances to more stringent regulations for industrial sources such as Kennecott Copper and local oil refineries.

The objection that such standards will kill jobs and hurt the economy is weak, indeed, because nothing is more harmful to any region’s economy than air you can’t breathe.

- Norfolk's coal embarrassment - Virginian Pilot Editorial

No matter how much Norfolk's city manager studies it, a massive coal plant in Surry County would have decidedly negative effects for the people of Hampton Roads. It would pollute the air and water, sicken children and the elderly and worsen air quality problems. ...

- Cleaner air, but work remains - York (Penn.) Dispatch Editorial

Breathe easier -- but don't get complacent.

After three consecutive years listed among the 25 places in the nation with the worst air quality, York County's air has finally improved enough to avoid that wheezing distinction. ...

- Clean air is global effort - Carroll County (Md.) Times Editorial

Beyond showing the impact of pollution on residents, a report from the American Lung Association which gave Carroll a failing grade on air quality demonstrates how our local environment is impacted by pollution generated in other areas. ...

- Dairies' best interest lies in voluntary participation - Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic Editorial

Voluntary programs don’t work unless people actually volunteer — which is of concern to officials of the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency as they grapple with the issue of air pollution produced by the county’s dairies.



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