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Greenspace: Lawn mower exchange designed to cut pollution

LawnmowerBlackandDeckerThe Times' Susan Carpenter writes on Greenspace about a lawn mower exchange designed to cut air pollution by encouraging Southern California residents to turn in their gasoline mowers for electric versions:

"The Air Quality Management District is hoping users of traditional gas-powered lawn mowers will help them "mow down air pollution" when, for the eighth year, the air pollution control agency hosts a series of lawn-mower exchanges throughout Southern California. The program allows local residents to trade in a gasoline mower and receive a new electric mower at a reduced price.

"According to William Burke, governing board chairman of the Air Quality Management District, a conventional lawn mower spews more pollution in one year than a car driven more than 20,000 miles. Leaf blowers and other gasoline-powered equipment also contribute to global warming, as a recent UC Irvine study documented."

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If you really want to help the environment, go out and get a reel mower. These are the old-fashioned sort that you push along, using your own power, and not only are they quiet and efficient, they give a you good work out. At the end, you can get additional exercise and further cut noise and emissions by sweeping up with a broom.

If you live in San Diego? There is only one mower you can get in trade, and the total number of mowers they have for the program is very small. As well being in San Diego, SOME people will be 'picked' to have their mowers 'tested,' to see if they 'run' - while others will not be 'selected for testing,' making this whole thing kind of a drag for 'Some' people. If the intent is to actually get old gas mowers off the grid or keep gas mowers off the grid, then exactly why the implied 'testing'?


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