Hello clean-air-and-climate friends:
1) Please join us as we push the campaign forward with bi-weekly calls on zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W June 16, W June 30, etc. All are welcome! Last week’s meeting included Jan Baker, Dave Carrier, Ronan Carrier, Colleen Farmer, and yours truly, and we made a good start in discussing policy options and assigning outreach tasks.
2) There was a good question during our last meeting about what we need to do in order to get on the ballot and win in 2024. A future email blast will detail the exact process for making the 2024 ballot, but the short version is that we will need to gather about 130,000 signatures between March and November of 2023. (Piece of cake! :) As for winning at the ballot, here are three thoughts First, it’s crucial to minimize opposition spending; that means designing a policy that makes sense to households and businesses around the state, including businesses like Rio Tinto Kennecott and Delta Airlines that are taking climate change and/or air quality seriously but also have significant carbon footprints. Second, we have to take the high ground. That means thoughtful policy design but it also means relying heavily on volunteers rather than paid signature-gatherers to make the ballot so that we can build up earned media and social media. Finally, you can’t win if you don’t try, so we believe in taking a swing at the ball. Hopefully there will be strong action at the state and/or federal level in the next few years—see for example this recent Deseret News op-ed by a number of current and former Republican state legislators advocating for federal fee-and-dividend legislation—but if there isn’t then our goal is to be ready to make the 2024 ballot. And if you’ve got a better idea then let’s hear it!
Yoram and the Clean The Darn Air team