Too many cars on the road causing pollution

This past Sept. 27 was the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking work Silent Spring.

To the editor:

This past Sept. 27  was the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking work “Silent Spring.”

This book caused a revolution in public opinion and eventually was a major factor in the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. With those efforts in mind, I want to talk about our elephant in the living room—the one letting off a lot of gas in the form of carbon monoxide in our living room of Kelowna and area.

I love animals and I love people, and the time is here to take a good look at the smog no one is talking about.

If you sit at any beach in Kelowna, facing west, it’s very unclear—literally. Even two or three years ago, you could see Peachland or at least the nearest part of Westbank, but now you can’t even see Naramata clearly.

It’s all in a haze, a smoggy haze that is light brown up higher in the edges of the valley.

That haze is not from  forest fires. This is pollution. Why is it here?

We’ve gone ahead and four-laned every road possible and six-laned others. The traffic is a constant stream, never ending.

This theory of streamlining looks lovely in the city planners’ relief maps but there was one factor not mentioned—if you build it they will come.

If we left some of the roads as they were, we would have saved some money. But growth is always welcomed in good old Kelowna, even if it’s  not always positive and sustainable.

I don’t have the answer and it’s not emission control. The number of vehicles on the road is to blame. Just stop “improving” roads please because until electric cars take over we are going to be in a fog.

Valerie White,

Kelowna

Just Posted

UBCO Heat teams unable to secure any wins against Mount Royal Cougars

The mens and womens volleyball and basketball teams went 0-4, but all have rematches Saturday night

Rockets held scoreless in loss against Red Deer

Rockets will look for some points in final game of road trip against Edmonton

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Your guide to winter light ups around the Okanagan

From Vernon to Summerland, with a stop in Kelowna, we’ve found some activities for you to enjoy

New maintenance crew to look after Okanagan Connector

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. will replace Argo Road Maintenance Inc. in 2019

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read