Why This is an Important Issue

Many gasoline powered leaf-blowers harm the environment. They run on two-stroke engines which can emit 30 percent of unused fuel as exhaust according to the California Environmental Protection Agency. ABC News adds that a lot of lawn equipment lacks catalytic converters (devices in cars that convert exhaust into harmless compounds). A study done by Edmunds Car Company really puts this into perspective.  They share that, according to this study, two-stroke leaf-blowers pollute 23 times more carbon monoxide and almost 300 times more non-methane hydrocarbons than a 2011 Ford Raptor. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can kill and hydrocarbons combine with nitrogen oxide to form the ozone.Thirty minutes of yard work with this leaf-blower pollutes the same amount of hydrocarbons as the 3,900 mile drive from Texas to Alaska in the Raptor.

Gasoline powered leaf-blowers also emit particulate matter which is one of the most harmful pollutants according to the California Environmental Protections Agency. It can worsen asthma, bronchitis and other lung diseases and decreases the body’s ability to fight off infection.

I also feel passionately that leaf-blowers are also a waste gas. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, in 2012 alone, the U.S. imported approximately 162,000 gallons of foreign petroleum and in 2011 drained about 134 billion gallons all told. Because we can live without leaf-blowers, why not? For the sake of our environment, each other and future generations why not create a ban? Our country can’t afford more gas.

In conclusion, gasoline powered leaf-blowers negatively affect our health, our children’s health and the health of strangers. They pollute our precious environment. They are an unnecessary waste of gas.

Gasoline powered leaf-blowers must be banned.