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 Oct 6, W Oct 20, etc. All are welcome! We’ll talk about policy development and outreach efforts as we prepare to qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting signatures from about Feb 27 – Nov 27, 2023. (Mark your calendars, and follow the previous link if you’re new to the campaign and want to get caught up!)

Tooele v. Saratoga Springs: We’ve knocked on doors and/or left flyers at almost all of the houses with solar panels in Tooele and Saratoga Springs, so it’s down the wire to see which area we finish first! We’ve had some decent success—our email lists there have expanded from 0 to 6 and from 4 to 21, respectively—and a big shout-out goes to Amanda and Dana in Tooele and to Mark in Saratoga Springs for joining our zoom calls and/or helping with door-knocking! We also continue to make progress in Cottonwood Heights (thanks Jan and happy rafting on the Colorado River!), we’re looking to get started in Bountiful, Brigham City, and Pleasant Grove (focusing on areas with state liquor stores because those are on public property and get lots of foot traffic), Dave and Colleen have helped out in Tooele, and in two weeks I may try to reach out to folks in Kanab etc. on my way back north from a trip to the Grand Canyon. We’re learning how to do door-knocking effectively and efficiently, so please holler if you want to join the fun!

Last call for policy brainstorming: As noted last time, we’re in touch with a few legislators who might be interested in introducing bills related to our proposal, and as part of those discussions we’re putting together a brief summary of our existing policy and a list of potential changes, both major and minor. The best time to contribute to this list is now (!), so please check out what we have currently (copied on the blog) and then email us with edits or add your thoughts in the blog comments section.

In the news: This recent article in the Tribune about the Great Salt Lake highlights one of the connections between local air quality and climate change: “‘Air quality and the Great Salt Lake [water] levels are very tightly coupled,’ one scientist warns.”