Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Pollution from commercial jets? How about those KSL helicopters?

An article in today's Trib raises concern about pollution generated by commercial jets:
In Utah, an analysis based on Federal Aviation Administration numbers found jet fuel consumption in 2005 translated to 2.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, said Brock LeBaron, a technical analysis manager in the Division of Air Quality. That was 4.2 percent of the state's total output of the gases widely blamed from global warming.
Tack on another fraction for the traffic helicopters that buzz around our capital city every afternoon reporting on--traffic! On our roads! Every day, there it is, the KSL newscopter, zipping around, burning hundreds of gallons of fuel, proving to people who are home watching TV that there really is traffic on the highway.

Complain all you want about commercial jets, eco-groups, but leave our beloved newscopters alone. Because how will I know if there's traffic at rush hour if I don't see it with my own eyes?

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