I am writing in response to Annette Cary’s insightful article published April 8.
One significant source of ozone is automobile pollution, in the form of nitrogen oxide (NOx). Especially bad are diesel engines and gasoline cars without catalytic converters.
Many people like to “straight-pipe” their trucks by removing the converter. This is a danger to public health and should carry a penalty, since catalytic converters save lives.
Bigger cities (Seattle, Portland) have regular emissions tests for vehicles as part of the registration-renewal process, and we should have this too if our population density and ozone levels warrant it.
Additionally, cars that are more fuel-efficient give off less NOx, since they burn less fuel (compared to a larger vehicle of the same age and condition).
It’s ridiculous to me how many selfish drivers around here need a 4x4 crew-cab truck to get from their cul-de-sac to work each day.
Why don’t you buy a Geo Metro and save some of the planet for the rest of us?
Adam Whittier, Richland