Hello clean-air-and-climate friends:

Lots of great signature-gathering events: Among other great events, there are Red Butte concerts today (Sunday), Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; a Royals FC soccer game in Sandy on W Aug 7; the Craft Lake City DIY Festival Friday Aug 9 – Sunday Aug 11 at the State Fairgrounds; and Farmers Markets all around the state most days of the week! (We need to start focusing on events outside of SLC, so these are great opportunities, as is the start of the school year later this month and the start of the college football season, especially Sat Aug 29 when BYU hosts U of U in the “Holy War” game and Sat Sept 7 for the first USU home game.) Email info@DarnAir.org for details, and please come help us make a splash in August!

In the news: It’s not just seven out of eight SCL mayoral candidates who think a carbon tax is worth considering. Following up on a previous post, here’s a transcript of Governor Herbert’s comments on Clean The Darn Air from his press conference in June. Key excerpts: “Air quality, for a lot of reasons, certainly ought to be top of mind for everybody, all elected officials… I’m not opposed to looking at a carbon tax. The intent is to pay for the cost of carbon and what it does to our air quality. I think everybody supports having cleaner air… [The carbon tax] is certainly worth a discussion. I’m not supporting it, I’m not opposed to it. I’m willing to have the discussion.” Thank you Governor Herbert! And remember: In order to continue the discussion we need to qualify for the ballot, so please help with gathering signatures, spreading the word, and donating to the campaign!

Tales from the Trails: Here’s a report from first-time volunteer Anil Seth about his experience gathering signatures at a Red Butte concert: “It was a hot, hot afternoon, but the folks lined up more than hour ahead of the doors opening at Red Butte were prepared with umbrellas and beverages.  It was my first time volunteering for Clean the Darn Air, and to start I met Yoram, who gave me four clipboards to get signatures on and helped me work on my pitch.  At first I was way too wordy.  I’m all about carbon taxes and climate change, and so I really didn’t want people to sign without doing some advertising and explaining all the details.  But with some helpful nudges from Yoram, I polished and shortened my pitch to just the basics: “I’m a volunteer looking for signatures from Utah registered voters to get a clean air ballot measure on the 2020 ballot” was normally enough to get people to sign.  There were a lot of eager folks, folks who wanted to know more, and one person who wanted to know how much I was being paid (and turned extra friendly when I repeated that I was a volunteer).  After 10-15 minutes of fumbling, I was handing out all four clipboards at once and keeping things flowing.  The bands were doing sound checks, and by the time the line started moving, I had gotten 180 signatures.  It was really rewarding (and hot) work!”