Hello clean-air-and-climate friends: Please join us on Zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W Aug 24, W Sept 7, 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!)
Policy: We are excited to be in contact again with Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-SLC) and look forward to sharing more news on this front in the weeks ahead!
Plan: Here are drafts of short summary documents (2 or 3 pages each) for 11 areas covering 29 districts: the Logan area (2 districts), the Ogden area (3 districts), the Davis County area (2 districts), the east Salt Lake County area (6 districts), the west Salt Lake County area (5+ districts), the Tooele area (1+ district), the Park City area (1+ district), the north Utah County area (4+ districts), the south Utah county area (2+ districts), the SW Utah area (3 districts), and the SE Utah area (1- district). Please bring your comments and questions on Wednesday night!
People: We will be doing outreach this week at the University of Utah Get Involved Fair (Th Aug 25, 10am-2pm) and next week at the Utah State Day on the Quad (W Aug 31, 10am-3pm) and the Weber State Block Party (F Sept 2, 8am-2pm). Holler if you know about similar events at other schools or if you have feedback on these half-page handouts for Utah State, Weber State, U of U, UVU / BYU, and Utah Tech / SUU.
In the news: Lots to report, including this U of U press release about “The history of air quality in Utah: a narrative review” by Logan Mitchell (also of Utah Clean Energy!) and Chris Zajchowski; Rep. Judy Weeks Rohner’s op-ed “Utah should cut the tax on food, not the income tax”; a letter to the editor by the indefatigable Jean Lown. Jan recommends Andy Larsen’s Aug 21 column in the Tribune, which notes that “72% of Salt Lake City voters strongly or somewhat support” free bus fares, with 23% opposed. And here’s links from RealClimate to various analyses of the federal climate bill that just passed.