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Letter: Plant more trees, slow down vehicles
First Published Feb 08 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 10 2014 02:47 pm

Just read the article about Mayor Ralph Becker’s air-quality campaign, and not one mention of more trees and growing plants ("Becker calls state obstacle to cleaning air," Tribune, Jan. 29). Trees not only cool our city, they also lock up carbon and provide the oxygen we breath. I’m sure leaving out these important and inexpensive elements is just an oversight.

Although not as important in the winter, they make a huge difference in the summer. Have you ever seen a thermographic map of the U.S.? What terrible hot spots cities are! Hot cities require much more use of coal to generate electricity to keep our homes cool in the midst of hot streets, hotter parking lots and hot buildings.

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Also, you should lower all of the speed limits. Slower speeds reduce the use of fuel. I have asked before for lower speed limits in residential neighborhoods for the sake of safety…and, we should consider this option to lower fuel consumption.

Everything we do adds to the proble. Let’s try to be more comprehensive in our approach to make our city better.

Anne Albaugh

Salt Lake City

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