Comment 40264

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted April 29, 2010 at 08:18:55

Thanks for that info Kiely. I did a bit of reading last night about emissions standards to find out what Tier 4 means; the requirements are indeed quite aggressive. I hope the technology does continue to improve, concurrently with, but also independently of, policy.

The link I put in above about the pollution study was elaborated on in today's spec:

http://thespec.com/News/Local/article/76...

But as zjones said it's not exactly breaking news; it's obvious. I'm one of the affected individuals per this study (great I'm a statistic now :). Have had the privilege of always being extremely healthy, now I am starting to develop breathing problems. I ride my bike everywhere and am becoming insanely sensitive to bad air to the point where I'm on asthma medication now. Some days I wear a respirator while commuting, to help with some of the diesel exhaust. I'm trying to be part of the solution by using bike and GO, and am being murdered slowly. Mind you, years before this onset, I'd be walking down Main street, literally gagging and gasping on a summer day. Even recently, crossing the street at Harvester and Appleby, I had to jaywalk, the reason: winds were calm and at the street corner there was a buildup of diesel exhaust and I was standing in a pocket of bad air so thick I literally could not draw a breath of air. Got scared and had to run across the street trying to take a breath through my sleeve. I promise I am not exaggerating.

It scares me to actually witness firsthand what this does to people. At least we don't live in Hong Kong ... if it's this bad here imagine living under the Asian brown cloud!! Still no excuse to let it get to this point when so much that can be done is not being done. In my opinion it is corrupt and criminal, and like it or not it is an act of murder, to stall or derail sensible improvements that can be made. With more power comes more responsibility. So the highways are congested with cars and the trucks are on our city streets /scratches head in confusion

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