Public forum at Dixie State to explain proposed legislation that would reduce energy emissions

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ST. GEORGE — A public forum for Southern Utah’s federal, state and local elected representatives and their constituents will provide information about legislation on which the representatives will be asked to vote in 2019. The legislation is designed to reduce energy emissions and their impacts on clean air and health.

The forum will be held Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Boeing Auditorium of Dixie State University’s Udvar -Hazy Business School. It is sponsored by Conserve Southwest Utah, the Southwest Utah Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Udvar-Hazy Business School and the DSU Institute of Politics and Public Affairs, according to a press release.

Experts will explain the proposed legislation, how the bills address emissions reductions, how they would work, what effect they will have on businesses and individuals. They will also discuss the next steps for representatives and their constituents.

“A little more than a year ago we held a forum on campus to explain the science of how energy emissions affect our air and atmosphere, and how that in turn has huge impacts on our health and our planet,” Tom Butine said in the press release. Butine is the board president of Conserve Southwest Utah and leader of the Southwest Utah Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

“This year’s forum addresses what is widely considered as the best way to reduce those emissions – through legislation that discourages emissions and encourages innovation in clean energy development and the new technologies, business, and job growth that comes with it. This forum will explain why legislation is the best approach, what the legislation is and how it would work, and what needs to happen to implement it,” he said.

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“There is wide bipartisan support in Congress for a federal bill. Last year the Utah legislature passed, with wide support, a resolution to reduce emissions, and this year proposed legislation is designed to accomplish that goal. A local resolution, following on the intention of the state version, is being refined.”

The speakers are Dr. Yoram Bauman, an environmental economist, proponent of carbon tax legislation, author and comedian who claims to be “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”; Tom Moyer, the head of Climate Utah; Bill Barron, the Mountain West regional coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby; and Sarah Thomas, the public lands program manager for Conserve Southwest Utah.

See the event flyer for more details.

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