Hello clean-air-and-climate friends:

Mitt Romney comments on carbon taxes: Last month Senator Romney talked about a carbon tax policy that sounded an awful lot like our Clean The Darn Air proposal. Check out the transcript and video here, and remember—as with Governor Herbert’s statement in June that he’s “not opposed to looking at a carbon tax” and that he’s “willing to have the discussion”—remember that in order to push this conversation forward we need to gather the signatures to qualify for the ballot! Which brings us to…

Campaign status and the path to the ballot: Here’s a 4-page PDF outlining our current status and our path to the ballot. The short version is that we can do it but that we need to work hard over the coming months. There are lots of great events at which to gather signatures (Callie and I gathered hundreds in a couple of hours before the Elton John concert last night), and the money we’re raising is modest but sufficient, so our limiting factor is people: we need volunteers and Emissionaries who will take a stand and commit to the campaign! If you’re game then read on or email info@DarnAir.org to volunteer! (We’ll get you all the materials and training you need!)

Upcoming events (other than football games): Friday night there’s a sold-out Red Butte concert, an Ogden Nature Center event, a Royals soccer game in Sandy, and and a Provo Art Walk and Rooftop Concert. (There’s another Red Butte concert and another soccer game on Wednesday.) And there’s farmers markets around the state, mostly on Saturdays. Details and sign-up sheets are linked here, as is information about…

Football on Saturday in Logan, Ogden, St George, and SLC: Gather signatures at tailgate parties and elsewhere in the two hours before the U of U game in SLC on Saturday at 11am (no, that’s not a misprint; yes, it’s also worth trying to gather after the game, which should end between 2:30 and 3:00), the USU game in Logan at 5:30, the Weber State game in Ogden at 6pm, and the Dixie State game in St George at 7pm. Try to find a traffic light where pedestrians have to wait for the green light to cross the street to get to the game, and then gather signatures when the light is red! Details and sign-up sheets are linked here.

Bottom line: Voters love our campaign name and our signboards and they want to sign our petition. Come help us give voters the opportunity to sign and put this on the ballot!