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Letter: Prohibit idling cars at car washes

Woman driving car. Keeps both hands on the

Woman driving car. Keeps both hands on the steering wheel. She is wearing a green sweater. Behind the windows you can see the beautiful defocused green grass. Photo taken from the position next to and slightly behind the driver. Photo Credit: iStock / Krystian Nawrocki

I was very pleased to see that Pope Francis is acknowledging global warming and blaming "human activity" for the bulk of the problem ["Pope: Protect planet," News, June 17].

For years I have been writing to politicians, to no avail, suggesting a bill to mandate that cars be turned off while being dried at car washes. I have waited as long as 20 minutes while my car was vacuumed, dried and shined. I turn off my car as soon as it's brought out.

If you multiply the many car washes following the same procedure day after day, the emissions are probably astronomical.

A law like this wouldn't solve our crisis, but it certainly would help.

Catherine Kropf Harris, Levittown


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