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Sign up, & then scroll down to learn about Utah’s (invisible) summertime blues, the relaunch of our podcast, & the climate change resolution press tour, among other things.
Rocky Mountain Power wants to invest in new wind energy but they need approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC). This investment would be a big step forward towards a clean energy future. We are supporting it & you can too.
Utah’s (invisible) blues
Similarly to calories, gravity, & Santa Claus, just because you can’t see ozone pollution, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Check out our latest blog post explaining what ozone pollution actually is & what it means for Utahns. Plus, read the latest update on ozone from the Tribune here.
The HEAL Utah Podcast is back
This week’s episode features a conversation with Representative Rebecca Edwards. Rep. Edwards & our host, Michael Shea, discuss the 2018 climate change resolution, what happens behind the scenes during the legislative session, & how to build relationships.
Spring breakfast overview
By now, you are probably aware that we had our 2018 Spring Breakfast in May. If you weren’t able to attend, you can get a full recap – including a look at our panel discussion which was hosted by RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio & featured three female legislators.
In case you missed it: HCR 007 coverage
Last month, Governor Herbert’s office held a signing ceremony for HCR 007, otherwise known as the climate change resolution. The ceremony was followed by a press conference with the resolution’s sponsor, Representative Rebecca Edwards, the students who brought the resolution forward, other advocacy groups, & us! Check out some of the coverage the resolution got: Standard-Examiner, RadioActive, Park Record, Associated Press, CNN, Grist.
Sorting through a slew of proposed legislation & deciding which bills to prioritize as an organization for the 2019 session
Weighing in on the state’s plan to clean up the air in Utah County, including preparing for the upcoming comment period which you can be involved in too through our action alerts (coming to you soon!)
Gearing up to gather public voices & support against depleted uranium (a long-lived radioactive waste) dumping in Utah
Opening a dialogue with local city & town councils across Utah about the proposed small modular reactors (which, if the proposal proceeds, will bring nuclear power to Utah for the first time & will bring high-level nuclear waste storage within miles of the Utah border)
Broadening the conversation to other groups, even some in neighboring states, about what the most realistic pathway is for transitioning to clean energy, keeping in mind economic & social factors
Supporting Rocky Mountain Power’s new wind energy project by gathering voices to urge the Public Services Commission to approve the project. Let your voice be heard here
Developing legislation to that will bring the promises of the climate change resolution into reality