Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Letter: Turn off snowblowers for better air
First Published Jan 18 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 18 2014 01:01 am

Every time a snowstorm sweeps the Salt Lake Valley clean, I revel in the crisp, clear air and unobstructed views of our mountains that remain. Then, I hear the roar of the snowblowers; they remind me that the newly clean air will be short-lived. Their exhaust and fumes are a harbinger of the poor air quality we’ll surely experience in the weeks to come.

It’s not just my imagination. Two-stroke engines, which drive most snowblowers, often have no pollution-control devices. This means snowblowers are more polluting than our cars — a fact that is baldly evident to anyone who’s ever breathed around one.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

While I recognize that long-term solutions to our air-quality problem will require many, larger sacrifices, I respectfully ask my fellow citizens to make this small step today: retire your snowblowers and take up your snow shovels, in the name of fresh air.

Those of us who are hale enough to hand-shovel our driveways and walks will benefit from the exercise, and all the valley’s residents will benefit from our collective effort. And on those bluebird mornings after a fresh snow, perhaps we can all enjoy the quietude and sweet air a little longer.

Erin Bean

Salt Lake City




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.