Consequently, it's hard to see that there will continue to be the demand for field burning. It creates a form of second-hand smoke. As we learn more about asthma and the costs of particulate air pollution on long-term health outcomes, it seems likely that there will be increased pressure on that front for reduced reliance on field burning. (The costs of the smoke to others is an excellent example of an externalized cost, a cost the grass seed industry does not itself bear and instead successfully off-loads to others to bear. A carbon tax would probably help even here.)
In any event, as you bike, be aware of the diminished air quality!
|Tom McCall signs the Bike Bill in 1971 on the Capitol Steps|
|Hank Paulson, Republican and Secretary of the Treasury, |
argued for a carbon tax year ago
|In 2011 SEDCOR seemed to have it right!|
In this fiscally constrained era, will we be able to build a successful multimodal transportation system, maintaining what we've got and completing networks for new options like passenger rail, transit, biking and walking? Or will we be constrained by a 1950s-era thinking that prioritizes highways at the expense of all other transportation options?Maybe in the 2016 session legislators can find that common ground.