From: Sierra Debenham
To: Luz Robles, Jim Dabakis, Gene Davis, Pat Jones, Karen Mayne, Wayne Harper, Deidre Henderson, Brian Shiozawa, Wayne Niederhauser, Aaron Osmond, Howard Stephenson, Daniel Thatcher, Mark Madsen, John Valentine, Margaret Dayton, curt, Peter Knudson, Stuart Reid, Allen Christensen, Scott Jenkins, Jerry Stevenson, Stuart Adams, Todd Weiler, Ralph Okerlund, Lyle Hillyard, Kevin Van Tassell, David Hinkins, Evan Vickers, Steve Urquhart, Ronda Menlove, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Ryan Wilcox, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Richard Greenwood, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Roger Barrus, Jim Nielson, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Jennifer M. Seelig, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, aromero, mkennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Janice Fisher, Larry Wiley, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Jim Bird, etanner, Tim Cosgrove, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, derekbrown, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, John G. Mathis, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, spencer, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, janderson, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: Personal Request to Support Clean Air
Date: Tue Feb 11 05:56:01 MST 2014
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Greetings Legislators! 

As a medical student and an active voter of Salt Lake City, I urge you to use your influence as a legislator to work for clean air. This is something that will directly impact your own health and that of your children and your constituents. 

We don't have the luxury of ignoring how our actions shape the environment in Salt Lake City; we can literally see the effects of our folly, pooling in the valley in a murky cloud.

You have some extreme measures being put before you in the legislative session: the ban on wood burning, the strict industrial standards, the clean gasoline. Yes, these are extreme measures. However, our extreme circumstances require extreme efforts. 

Please be aware that certain industries within Salt Lake have a high economic interest in underplaying the air pollution problem here. Keep the long term in mind; while some lost opportunity in terms of industry now may seem a heavy burden to bear, the inversion will cost us much more in the long run in terms of lost economic opportunity and lost productivity due to increased health issues.

I am willing to pay higher taxes for cleaner gasoline. I am willing to forego the coziness of a winter fire in my home. I switched from driving an SUV to driving a hybrid when I moved here, because I realized how ludicrous it was to drive an SUV while complaining about the inversion. The majority of my friends and family in the valley are willing to do the same. 

As one of the 9,000 who signed the "Clean Air, No Excuses" petition, I fully support you in your work for clean air. I am grateful for the influence you have to make change and I hope you will use it well. 

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Sierra Debenham, MSII
University of Utah School of Medicine
406.850.1838