Air pollution is a problem that needs an immediate solution, unlike the one mentioned in Mark Grossi’s Earth Log column Feb. 12: “Gasoline-powered cars may have to be eliminated completely to clean up the air.” Fortunately, there is a more timely cure.
In 1973-74 several oil-producing countries refused to sell oil to America. In one day the price of a gallon of regular gas jumped from 35 cents to nearly $1.25. Our economy was shocked and layoffs became common.
After the usual muddling, a speed limit of 55 miles per hour became national law. The oil embargo weakened and ceased, eventually, due to our conservation and to friendly persuasion.
This same law should now go into effect. Driving faster than 55 mph not only wastes gas, this waste becomes poisons in the air that harm our health and the food production that makes our Valley unique.
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To enforce this law that will clean our air, Fresno will have to invest in personnel and technology. The return will be a healthier city, defying the churlish notion that Fresno is America’s armpit.