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 Capital News

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