Taking an ill-advised lungful of Utah's air, Kurt Vonnegut might have scribbled this note: "Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum."
Or, seeing yet another winter inversion and resulting "Red," or unhealthy air alert, maybe he'd just sigh, "And so it goes. . ."
Excepting eastern Utah's Uintah and Duchesne counties (respectively "Yellow," for compromised air quality, and "Green," for satisfactory), the entire state was under the "Red" alert Monday and Tuesday. As exhaust fumes and particulate pollution levels increased, young children and the elderly, as well as anyone with lung or heart ailments, were cautioned against outdoor activity; drivers were urged to use mass transit instead of venturing out; and use of wood-burning stoves was a no-no.