Every fall, Mother Nature faces a new and unknown threat. While some claim leaf blowers save them time and agony, others say they’re destroying the ozone. And one Yale professor wants them banned.
The New Haven Register says the proposal comes from Dr. Karen Jubanyik. Jubanyik, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, says the facts are worrying.
Mostly, her argument targets gas-powered blowers because they mix fuel and oil. Apparently, that’s the deadliest combination for the environment. She calls the combo toxic.
Not only do these machines damage local ecosystems, they also perpetuate allergies by blowing pollen, molds, and pesticides into the air. So, if you experienced dry itchy eyes after a good ol’ yard clearing, you have your answer.
But, back to the environment.
Jubanyik cited a 2011 study that found that blowers with 2 stroke engines emit 23 times more carbon monoxide than a 6,200-pound 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Yikes. You can read the study HERE.
Basically, for a truck to match just 30 minutes of leaf blower usage, it has to drive from Texas to Alaska. That’s approximately 3,900 miles. Double yikes.
Considering it takes about 3o minutes to clean a yard and that pretty much everyone uses a leaf blower… yeah, that’s a bit concerning. Not to mention trucks undergo emissions testing where landscaping equipment does not.
But, will a ban even solve the problem?
Jubanyik argues that while using leaf blowers is convenient, the end result isn’t worth it. She fully recommends going green and picking up the rake.
Council chairwoman Laura Cahn agreed with the argument but, realistically, said a ban like this would never fly in New Haven. Much like what happened in Greenwich back in 2012. That proposal, which was based on noise pollution, went up in flames.
Council Vice-Chairman Kevin McCarthy predicted that lobbyists for landscapers and similar people would openly defy the ban. Not to mention, the older generation who struggle to rake their lawns. Mobility and finances are very important counter-arguments.
McCarthy also added that the city has very limited power. So, they won’t be able to enact a ban themselves.
However, a ban could still happen. Maplewood, New Jersey enacted a leaf blower ban during the summer months for commercial landscapers.
In the meantime, Jubanyik urges those concerned about the environment to rake more or hire green landscapers to cut down on emissions.
So, what do you think? Will this make you grab the rake instead this fall? Or, do you think this is all a bunch of bologna?