Utah Roadmap released!
The Utah Roadmap: Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality has been published! You can find lots of detail on the Gardner Institute Roadmap Page.
Deseret News - Want to solve Utah’s air quality problem? Now there’s a roadmap for that Salt Lake Tribune - Utah think tank says state should cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050
There will be a press release and a Newsmaker Breakfast tomorrow morning, Jan 8th. Apparently this is by far the most interest the Gardner Institute has ever had in a topic, and the first time they have ever run out of space at a Newsmaker breakfast. More information about the breakfast can be found here.
They will be collecting public feedback about the Roadmap until Jan 27th. There is no form for this, it is simply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not clear how public input will be incorporated into the report, but the key themes will likely be summarized for the legislature. Here are some initial ideas for feedback:
- Thank the legislature for requesting this report - Ask them to adopt the recommendations - Support of stewardship of the climate and the economy - Desire to see Utah lead in the new energy economy - The importance of Milepost 7 (participate in the national dialogue on carbon pricing) to help Utah meet its emission reduction goals
Now is also a great time to communicate with your state legislators. They will be getting a briefing on the Roadmap, but it's key that they also hear from you. The legislators will be getting busy as the session approaches, so the best time to talk to them is now. You can look up your legislative district and contact information for your legislators here.
There will certainly be legislation coming based on the recommendations in the roadmap. Stay tuned for more details as soon as we know.