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  •  From one extreme to the other . (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/...

    Santa Cruz County air is among the cleanest in the nation

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:44:49 PM PST

    •  Coastal cities treat Central Valley cities as (1+ / 0-)
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      colonies, basically. Winds off the Pacific push the Bay Area's pollution over to the Sierra Nevada, where it sits & mixes with what Fresno, etc. are making for themselves. And Berkeley, San Francisco, etc., take the cleanest water from the Sierra, leaving Valley cities to pump water out of polluted aquifers. At least Fresno is recycling at a higher rate than the supposedly greener-than-thou towns on the coast.

      •  You mean the Coastal Range, not Sierra Nevada (0+ / 0-)

        which is along the eastern edge of California.

        Yeah, Central & Sacramento Valley air quality is linked with the San Francisco Bay Area & other coastal communities auto exhaust & industry / refinery issues - their emissions are blown west to east.

        Water flows east to west - west coast has the big population centers, therefore the political power.

        The water policies of California are extremely complicated, much like they are for all the States west of the Mississippi River.

        I wish big business didn't have so much power, but it is the reality of things. California is just as human as any other community on the planet. A lot of us do the best we can.

        Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

        by CA wildwoman on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:23:09 AM PST

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        •  No, I mean the Sierra Nevada. (1+ / 0-)
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          Prevailing winds carry coastal pollution all the way to, but not over, the Sierra.

          •  Sorry - I missed the 'to' in your sentence. (0+ / 0-)

            You're right - thanks for the correction.

            We live int the area north of Sacramento, where the backed up smog makes the air 'crunchy' way too often.

            Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

            by CA wildwoman on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:17:43 AM PST

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