Yesterday Rep. Joel Briscoe introduced a new resolution, HCR 11, to support the Utah Roadmap for Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality, an important report funded by the Legislature and prepared by the Kem C. Gardner Institute. The Utah Roadmap proposes 7 milepost recommendations to positively impact our changing climate and air quality. HCR 11 resolves to use those mileposts as a guide for leadership and conversation at the state and federal level around environmental stewardship to address a changing climate and air quality issues.
Your state House representatives need to hear from you to support this important step forward!
Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to ask legislators to vote YES on HCR 11.
In 2018, the Utah Legislature passed HCR 7 on Environmental and Economic Stewardship, the first climate resolution in a red state, which acknowledged climate change and prioritized the use of sound science and innovative solutions to address the causes and issues presented by a changing climate. In 2019, the Legislature passed an unprecedented $29 million to fund air quality initiatives, including funding for a review of air quality and changing climate research by the Kem C. Gardner Institute to help the state improve air quality and address the importance of Utah’s changing climate. Accordingly, the Kem C. Gardner Institute produced for the Legislature the Utah Roadmap for Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality, a comprehensive report and set of seven milepost recommendations for addressing a changing climate and air quality issues at the state and federal level.
HCR 11 supports the Utah Roadmap as a guide for leadership and discussions around positive solutions for a changing climate and air quality issues at the state and federal level.
HCR 11 recognizes Utah’s commitment to environmental stewardship and solutions that improve air quality and reduce emissions, recognizes the work already being done in the public and private sectors along with the need to make a greater effort to meet Utah’s goals and targets, and resolves to support evaluating the recommendations made within the Utah Roadmap as guiding principles for leadership in seeking and encouraging solutions to improve air quality and reduce emissions.
(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)
- Utah’s public and private sectors are already working hard to achieve better outcomes for climate and air quality, but need state leadership and solutions to make a bigger impact to benefit our local communities, state and nation.
- Utah has a long and proud history of leading with innovative solutions on challenging topics. HCR 11 proposes seeking local and market-based solutions to address climate and air quality the “Utah Way”.
- Supporting HCR 11 does not equate to supporting the 55 specific policy recommendations within, but rather supporting the use of the 7 mileposts as a guide for leadership and discussion about how to address significant issues that impact the health and economy of our state.
- Poor air quality and a changing climate negatively impact public health and economy of our state, and addressing these issues benefits our residents and businesses.
- Air pollution, environmental stewardship, and a changing climate are top priority issues for Utahns.
- ⅔ of the UT Foundation’s 2016 UT Priorities Project survey respondents have high concerns about air quality; 41% of respondents want to see the government act to improve air quality, even if our taxes increase or it puts jobs and risk (versus 33% who do not).
- Envision Utah’s 2014 Utah Values Survey shows that 4 of 5 Utahns are concerned with Global Warming, and a 2019 Colorado College State of the Rockies report shows that 60% of Utahns believe climate change is a very or extremely serious problem, up 4% since 2016.
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