Target: Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee
Goal: Ban the use of gas powered leaf blowers in the state of Washington
Gas-powered leaf blowers are an unnecessary garden accessory. Theys are incredibly loud, do not use gas efficiently, and simply move leaves from one place to another. With more cons than pros, it is a wonder that these tools are still on the market. Many counties around the country have banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers; it is time that Washington State ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers as well.
Gas-powered leaf blowers are very harmful to the environment. Their construction is not regulated so the machines are poorly designed, waste gas, and project emissions directly into the environment. Leaf blowers also emit carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and stir up lead and elemental carbon – all of these are toxic to humans. The high- powered wind produced by gas-powered leaf blowers measures around 180 miles per hour: this level of wind is congruent with hurricane level winds. This strength of output is damaging to topsoil and plants, as well as root systems.
The noise pollution produced by gas-powered leaf blowers is heinous. Leaf blowers were originally used as crop dusters; they were not invented for an excessive leaf problem. Leaf relocation is an aesthetic issue. However, the leaves will be blown around again by the wind, after being displaced. Leaf rakes are just as effective, they just require more labor. Electric-powered leaf blowers may be a suitable rival for gas-powered leaf blowers. Using an electric-powered leaf blower still has a carbon footprint, however, due to the fact that most electricity comes from coal-burning power plants. Electric-powered blowers do not have any emissions or exhaust, which does makes the carbon footprint less than gas.
Gas-powered leaf blowers are, simply put, a waste of gas. With the current state of oil and gas extraction, and use, becoming too much for our earth to handle, there is no reason to keep a polluting and gas-guzzling product such as the gas-powered leaf blower on the market. It is an unnecessary luxury; urge Washington state to create a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.
Dear Governor Inslee
Over 400 cities in California have banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. The ban is due to many unattractive facts about gas-powered leaf blowers. The machines are incredibly polluting in regards to noise and air pollution. The machines are also extremely damaging to topsoil, trees, flowerbeds and vital soil-dwelling organisms.
The winds that gas-powered leaf blowers produce are in the range of 180 miles per hour. This amount of force is similar to that of a hurricane; the amount of destruction caused by gas-powered leaf blowers should not be tolerated. Not to mention, the amount of noise pollution created by these machines is disruptive to the workers as well as people in the surrounding area. The air pollution created by these machines is astronomical as well. Gas-powered leaf blowers emit carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, which are toxic to humans. The cons outweigh the pros when discussing gas-powered leaf blowers.
There are many alternatives that could be advocated for in place of gas-powered leaf blowers. Yard rakes create no pollutants and are a great way to get some exercise while tending a yard. They do require more labor than many people want to commit to; in this case there are electric-powered leaf blowers available. In Washington State, due to the phase out of coal-powered electric plants, using electric-powered leaf blowers ensures that the carbon footprint is significantly less than that of gas-powered leaf blowers. Due to prior efforts of ensuring a clean state, Washington is the perfect state to create a state-wide ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.
Please consider creating a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in Washington state.
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