Our weekly news roundup includes Congressman John Curtis penning an op-ed on a conservative approach to climate action, an op-ed on infrastructure by Sarah Wright and Karl Sun of Lucid, a piece about the impact of this summer’s drought on Oakley and Echo in the New York Times, and more!
“We find ourselves at a unique moment of opportunity to drive big changes through smart 21st century infrastructure investments that will set up Utah and our nation to succeed in the future. By embracing these opportunities as part of any national infrastructure legislation, Utah’s congressional delegation will help our state and our nation adapt and thrive in the future.”
By almost every measure, the drought in the Western U.S. is already one for the record books. Almost half the country’s population is facing dry conditions. Soils are parched. Mountain snowpacks produce less water.
“We haven’t heard enough about innovation and American leadership. We haven’t heard enough about pro-growth, market-based policies. Republicans need to talk about solutions based on these principles. We need to do more than just oppose bad ideas. We need to offer good ones that are effective and consistent with our values.
The good news is that we have cost effective solutions today to cut methane and air pollution. Forward thinking companies in the oil and gas industry use a variety of technologies to find and fix methane leaks such as optical gas imaging cameras that can see methane, continuous emissions monitoring systems installed on site, or aerial or drone monitoring.
We had a great conversation with the former Congressman Ryan Costello and Catrina Rorke, the Vice President for Policy, about the Climate Leadership Council’s Baker Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan, a carbon pricing proposal that would price carbon emissions and return the proceeds back to households in the form of a dividend.
Weber State University hosted a “Solve Climate 2030” event on April 7, which featured Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact leaders Congressman John Curtis and Vicki Bennett of Salt Lake City Sustainability, as well as Olivia Suarez of SUWA and Tom Holst of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in a discussion about climate action and what it means for Utah students and communities.
Utahns must be good stewards of the environment we have inherited. We owe it to our state’s future and our children’s future to take decisive action to curb carbon emissions. The best way to accomplish this is for Utah to lead and champion solutions that both parties can support. That is why I support the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan.
More than 100 state leaders from across the political spectrum gathered virtually Wednesday morning to sign, what they are calling, the first-ever Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact — urging the state to become a national leader on climate action.
Dozens of Utah’s most influential people — including politicians, businesspeople and faith leaders — joined in an online event Wednesday to acknowledge the dangers of climate change and air pollution as well as committing to change.