Please join us on Zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W Dec 14, W Dec 28, etc. All are welcome! We’ll talk about the Four P’s—Policy, Plan, Purchasing Power, and People—as we prepare to qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting signatures from F Feb 17 to W Nov 22, 2023. (Mark your calendars, and follow the previous link if you’re new to the campaign and want to get caught up!)

Calendar and Roadmap update: Here are draft calendars for the state: the 8 districts north of SLC, the 5 districts south of Provo, the 7 west-side districts between SLC and Provo, and the 9 east-side districts between SLC and Provo. And here’s a monthly Roadmap draft that’s currently focused on January, February, and March. Feedback on any or all of this is welcome!

Call for district leaders: We are searching for volunteers to serve as district leaders for the campaign. District leaders will help organize teams of signature-gathering volunteers in individual senate districts across Utah. The signature gathering period will run from mid-February through mid-November of 2023; active recruitment of signature gathering volunteers will begin in earnest in January 2023. To qualify for the ballot we need to hit a statewide target (about 150,000 valid signatures) as well as targets of about 5,000 valid signatures in 26 of the 29 state senate districts. This is an opportunity to play a leadership role in the campaign and to take action against air pollution and climate change. Now is the time to join our team! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dave Carrier at carrier.dave [at] gmail.com or 385-227-7235.

In the news: The Salt Lake Tribune has an op-ed by Angela Deneris and Cordelia Schaffer, both nurses and college professors: “We thought we were safe from lung cancer. Utah’s pollution proved us wrong.” The Deseret News reports on Senator Mitt Romney calling a carbon tax the “No. 1 thing” we can do to address climate change. And Governor Cox’s budget proposal calls for spending $26m on a pilot program to make UTA free for a year. There are many articles on the latest Winter Olympic news, including in the Tribune, the Deseret News, and USA Today; key points are that there’s a lot of concern about climate change, that they may try to find locales to host the Winter Games every 20-30 years on rotation, and that the 2030 and 2034 games are likely to be awarded in 2024. Also here’s a DAQ status report from Nov 2022 on diesel emissions, diesel emission reductions, and potential funding sources, including the federal Inflation Reduction Act.

Learn about the PSC on Tuesday Dec 13 at 7pm: The state’s Public Service Commission regulates Rocky Mountain Power and Dominion Energy (electricity and natural gas, respectively). There’s a one-hour free webinar about the PSC on T Dec 13 at 7pm (register here), sponsored by the Sierra Club, HEAL Utah, and O2 Utah.