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Oct 9, 2013

Ban Leaf Blowers, and a poem

Aren't leaf blowers infuriating?

Nobody likes a leaf blower except the wanker using it. There are all manner of websites published by angry people who consider their lives to be noisy enough without these machines that should require a permit for commercial use only.

Here's the simple google search for "Leaf Blower Ban"

I feel somewhat powerless, so I wrote a poem:

Ode to a Leaf Blower.

Leaf Blower, Leaf Blower  please break down
At least malfunction and burn that clown
Perhaps 20 pounds of noisy mass
Could go up in flames of exploding gas

Please make that guy out there feel
His fingers get caught in the fan belt wheel
Our peaceful gain would be his loss
A bloody stump shown to his boss

Health and the Environment:
A Grand Jury convened on the subject of leaf blowers in California, concluding that, “Considering the evidence…the health hazards citizens are exposed to from two-cycle leaf blowers outweigh the possible benefit they provide.” The Grand Jury went on to recommend that all cities within that county initiate a phase out of leaf blowers.

Most professional gas leaf blowers use a two-stroke engine - a major polluter because it burns oil in addition to gas. The exhaust, along with the particulate matter that is blown into the air, lowers air quality, and foists noise pollution upon anyone within a few blocks’ radius.

According to the California Air Resources Board the types of air pollutants emitted when using a gasoline-powered leaf blower for half an hour are equivalent to those emitted from 440 miles of automobile travel at 30mph average speed. Compared to an average large car, one hour of operation of a leaf blower emits 498 times as many hydrocarbons, 49 times as much particulate matter, and 26 times as much carbon monoxide.

Read More about the health hazards caused:

Dave Astor wrote a fun article at the Huffington Post.

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