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 June 22, W July 6, 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 February to November, 2023. (Mark your calendars, and follow the previous link if you’re new to the campaign and want to get caught up!)
Op-eds: Our summer team is working to draft op-eds to submit in the weeks and months ahead to newspapers including the Tribune and the Deseret News, with topics including “It’s time for Gen Z to rise up on climate change”, “Utah, don’t give up on ballot measures”, “Climate change and forest fires”, and a piece about climate change and the Pacific Ocean pipeline that’s been in the news. We’d like to keep those drafts fairly confidential (i.e., we’re not going to link to them on this email blast), but we’d also love to get feedback, so if you’d like to help by providing feedback on drafts—or if you have ideas for other pieces, or if you want to work on an op-ed yourself—please email us and we will send you links. (And PS see our past op-eds here.)
Purchasing Power: We’ve raised almost $3k toward the $5k matching challenge we got from a donor who supports “small teams doing creative and strategic activism” on issues ranging from internet privacy to climate action. You can help by making an online donation or by sending a check payable to Clean The Darn Air, PO Box 522468, SLC UT 84152. (Note that donations to political campaigns won’t get you a tax deduction, but they will get you our eternal gratitude!)
In the news: Check out the op-ed from Rep. Steve Handy (R – Layton) in the Tribune: “Western hydrogen pact shows the energy transition is working for Utah”. Also national coverage of the Great Salt Lake in the NYT here and here (and in this Tribune article, which quotes a scientist saying that “air quality and the Great Salt Lake levels are very tightly coupled”).
PS. Vote! Primary election ballots are due back by election day, T June 28. Clean and climate champions include Becky Edwards (challenging Mike Lee for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary), state Senator Derek Kitchen (D – SLC), senate candidate Nate Blouin (D – South Salt Lake), and the aforementioned state Rep. Steve Handy (R – Layton), who is apparently running a write-in campaign.