'Spare the Air' alert for today

Temperature in Pleasanton could reach 104 degrees today, 105 tomorrow

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for today because of a high-pressure system producing clear skies, light winds and high inland temperatures.

This is the fifth such alert so far in 2015, according to air district officials.

The hot weather is expected to result in smoggy conditions throughout the region, according to air district executive director Jack Broadbent.

"Motor vehicle exhaust is the number one source of smog-forming pollution, so we're asking Bay Area residents to share rides, take transit, bike or walk to help keep pollution levels down," Broadbent said.

Smog can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain. It can also trigger asthma by inflaming the lining of the lungs, and exacerbate

other respiratory conditions like bronchitis or emphysema, according to air district officials.

Nearly 40 percent of smog pollution in the Bay Area comes from passenger vehicles, air district officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

The above press release is not correct. Sixty percent of the smog pollution in California and the Bay Area is from internal combustion engines of motor vehicles.

According to a Stanford study published March 08, 1999, in the Ethics of Development in a Global Environment (EDGE).

"In California commercial equipment, aircraft, trains, and diesel trucks make up 10 percent of the smog pollution, while on road motor vehicles and motorcycles are responsible for the remaining 50 percent".

During the six years since the study was published the internal combustion engines have increased exponentially along with the economy.

Then there are the refineries, chemical plants, power plants, etc., that Jack Broadbent is ignoring so that he can blame wood burning during the winter months.

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