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Guest Commentary: Federal land grab results are inefficiency – and worse


August 29, 2017

The solar eclipse has come and gone but look skyward again.

Why is the sky so dark?

Why are the heavens filled with smoke and haze?

Why is air quality so poor? Why has it been so bad for the last month?

We’ve all seen pictures from China, where people wear masks to protect their nose and mouth from soot.

Is this what we face in the Pacific Northwest?

Should we blame industry? Is it coal-fired electric generation plants? Maybe it’s diesel traffic freighting up and down the I-5 corridor? Or, could it be diesel construction and agricultural engines that we use to build our cities and...

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