Friday, March 12, 2010

Cinci loves us

The Cincinnati perspective on how Pittsburgh is doing on sustainability

The Sally Fields quote comes to mind...  that and I always wonder why when people recount the whole story of environmental reclamation here, nobody mentions the impact of folks being forced to give up their coal furnaces which were a big culprit of the bad air here.  That's a general point and not the focus on this article in particular.. but you always get the impression that someone waved a wand and the air cleared. 


Blogger n'at said...

Me and Mayor Magee: Consolidation of government to enforce anti-smoke ordinance against some of the most flagrant offenders.

I love this google machine...

Friday, March 12, 2010 6:56:00 PM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

Huh. When did the switch to natural gas occur? I assume that it was relatively early because my house, built 1930, does not have a coal chute whereas my neighbor's house, built 1927, does have one. If it happened pre-WWII, then the residential change-over really came before David Lawrence and Richard King Mellon started to clean up industry. So, it might get overlooked in the writing of the history because it doesn't fit the narrative chosen by its chroniclers. Also, I assume from your comment that the residential coal burned here was bituminous? The big East Coast cities didn't switch (in their case to oil) until later because anthracite burns "clean" with little particulate emissions, while admittedly worse on the carbon and sulfur emissions.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 5:56:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

The switch from coal to natural gas for home heating occurred primarily as a result of two drivers. First, a concerted effort by social groups (mostly women's organizations) to reduce pollution, led to a series of local smoke control acts in the mid-twentieth century. Second, governments at all levels and industries were expending access to natural gas. There was a short period were homes switched to anthracite, but natural gas quickly become the dominant heating fuel.

Sunday, March 14, 2010 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I grew-up in a house with electric heat. I don't think we had gas lines near the house when it was built.

Sunday, March 14, 2010 4:12:00 PM  

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