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Resolution to Stop EPA Regulation of GHGs Gaining Ground in Utah

EEI Daily Energy News

 A non-binding resolution urging EPA to "cease its carbon dioxide reduction policies, programs and regulations until climate data and global warming science are substantiated," passed the Utah State Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment Committee by a 4-2 vote, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The measure (H.J.Res. 12), crafted by Utah Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, already has passed the House by a 56-17 vote. The measure now goes to the full Utah Senate.

Deseret Power CEO Kimball Rasmussen supported the measure, as did the Utah Farm Bureau. Rasmussen was quoted as saying: "We don't have our arms around the science." KSL-TV 5 in Salt Lake City quoted Utah State Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, as saying: "There's some outstanding individuals on the other side of this debate. I'm saying as a policy maker, we need to slow down."

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson argued against passing the resolution: "This is the greatest moral issue facing mankind. If we continue along this path, tragedy and untold misery will result among millions of people, including very likely our own descendants." The Deseret News quoted Barry Bickmore, a Brigham Young University geology professor who said he represented scientists from Brigham Young and the University of Utah, as saying: "The main issue is this resolution contains a string of scientific arguments that are either false or misleading or half-truths based on basic misconceptions about science."

Associated Press via KIFI-TV 8 (Idaho Falls, Idaho), KSL-TV 5 (Salt Lake City, Utah), Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), Feb. 19.