Posts Tagged ‘Utah legislature’

Utah lawmaker: Our atmosphere needs more carbon dioxide

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Source:  Salt Lake Tribune

CO2 Greens the Earth

CO2 Greens the Earth

Air quality » Bill would exempt CO2 and other “natural” gases from regulation.

By Brian Maffly

Arguing that we need more carbon dioxide, not less, in the atmosphere, Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, has proposed legislation that would limit the state’s ability to regulate emissions of the greenhouse gas.

HB229 narrows the definition of the term “air contaminants,” clarifying that “natural components of the atmosphere,” including nitrogen, oxygen and other stable, or noble gases, are not pollution.

Anderson’s bill would prevent the establishment of state standards for carbon dioxide below atmospheric concentrations of 500 parts per million. This is a level far above what is currently in the atmosphere, already padded with carbon thanks to two centuries of fossil-fuel burning. (more…)

Congress should not move quickly to pass comprehensive climate change legislation

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Source: Deseret News [Utah]

OPINION

[SPPI Note:  Morriss misses the larger argument against CO2 mitigation efforts, that being that real-world observations and the progressing climate literature outside government funded labs evidence that climate models are wrong and the real, immediate threat could well be an inactive sun cooling the earth.  The SPPI analysis of potential "savings" from destructive mitigation regulations clearly shows not only the futility of such policy, but its dangers.  The specific dangers for Utah can be seen here.  Othere state profiles can be read here.]

Chip - state_by_state 4-13

by Andrew Morriss 

XIAN, China — Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.

First, the combination of the natural gas revolution created by fracking and the economic doldrums we are stuck in have already cut our emissions of greenhouse gases dramatically without Congress doing anything at all. If they did jump in, they’d be as likely to screw that up as make things better.

In addition, we should wait because the current proposals on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are all expensive and will be cheaper in the future as technologies improve.

Consider the change in cell phone technology and prices over the past 20 years. When the director of Wall Street wanted to emphasize Gordon Gecko’s power and wealth, he portrayed him holding a brick-size cell phone.

Today, even schoolchildren carry iPhones, which are orders of magnitude more powerful — and much cheaper. That same innovative process will make both emissions reduction technology and mitigation efforts cheaper and better in the future.

The United States alone can do next to nothing about greenhouse gas emissions alone and we should not burden our economy to attempt to do so. China and India are growing so rapidly that their additional greenhouse gas emissions swamp any reductions possible in the U.S. today. For example, Chinese car ownership today on a per-capita basis is not even equal to U.S. car ownership in 1920. (more…)

A dying initiative

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Source: Financial Post
by Lawrence Solomon

The Western Climate Initiative’s cap and trade market may soon need to be renamed The Canada Climate Initiative.

Until last week, the Western Climate Initiative boasted seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces who were working toward the launch of a regional cap and trade system on Jan. 1, 2012. Last Thursday, Arizona formally announced it was backing out of cap and trade. As the state with the fastest rate of emission growth — 61% between 1990 and 2007 — many feared a body blow to Arizona’s economy if it tried to meet the initiative’s carbon reduction goals. (more…)