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Viewpoint - July 31, 2019

Guest opinion: It's past time for Menlo Park to go electric on blowers

by Lisa Williams and Leah Elkins

Up and down the Peninsula, towns and cities are being proactive around our climate change crisis. One of the ways this is happening is by phasing out the use of gas-powered garden tools.

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Posted by Pat Walker
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Pat Walker is a registered user.

Thank you for this timely suggestion. We are long overdue in addressing the environmental and health effects of gas-powered leaf blowers. Every adult and child who is home during the day smelling the petroleum fumes of leaf blowers is breathing in harmful hydrocarbon emissions, which are linked to heart disease and cancer. In our neighborhood, we are surrounded by neighbors whose gardening services use gas-powered leaf blowers so that we are breathing in those fumes five days/week.

However, switching to electric blowers only eliminates the petroleum-related health effects. Electric blowers do not eliminate the leaf blower dust (particulate matter) that is linked to asthma. Nor does it address the desiccation and compaction of the soil caused by blowers that destroys habitat for insects, bees and birds. Perhaps switching to electric blowers would be a first step. It would at least reduce a source of air pollution and noise.

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Electric is a good first step, but really does not go far enough.

Leaf blowers are a huge source of noise and air pollution, and are strictly unnecessary. The real long-term answer is an outright ban, and learning to either leave the leaves, or use this amazing piece of technology called a rake.

For other uses (I see them used to sweep porches and sidewalks), this fantastic invention called a broom could be used instead.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

The problem in Menlo Park is that we are a tree city. If we get rid of all the trees then there wouldn't be any leaves and thus no need for leaf blowers. Simple solution.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Wrong Pat Walker, the vast majority of electricity in California is produced by burning natural gas. Both the production and burning of natural gas releases green house gases. Your just moving the pollution into someone else’s back yard.

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