Climate Change Council and Governor Release Report
Governor Jon Huntsman and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change (BRAC) released the Council's Report on recommended measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Utah. The report also includes an independent study on the science of climate change and an inventory of Utah's current greenhouse gas emissions.
Governor Huntsman asked the stakeholder-based Council to consider the science, economics and policy regarding climate change and provide policy recommendations. The report includes 70 alternatives that include renewable energy incentives for development and investment in technology that would capture and store carbon dioxide emitted at coal-fired power plants.
"For Utah to continue to enjoy vibrant economic development, a healthy environment and quality of life, we must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change," Governor Huntsman said. "I appreciate the commitment of BRAC members and individuals participating in the Stakeholder Work Groups to evaluate options and identify proactive measures for meeting this challenge."
In addition to the report released today, the BRAC is evaluating options for a Renewable Energy Initiative. Those recommendations will be completed later in October and included as an addendum to the Council's Report.
For more information about the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change and to see a copy of the report, visit "http://www.deq.utah.gov."