In Governor address I was pleased to see at least 4 references to Utah’s environment and the need to clean it up.
“We must improve the air we breathe and capitalize on technology to ensure the long-term viability of our abundant natural resources, like coal, oil and natural gas, while developing renewable alternatives.”
These are powerful words influenced by some very smart people including good PR professionals. If these words are followed by effective action, I will applaud. While we are enjoying the prosperity frequently referenced in the Governor’s speech, it is this writer’s opinion that Utah must reassert environmental leadership. In winter 2007, the news reported
Some key areas of progress required for these words to equal action:
Clean Coal Technology – we export 40% of Utah’s coal power and keep 100% of the pollution. (I will be watching this as Utah’s potential ‘conflict of interest’ with the environment.)
Alternative Energy – there is no silver bullet here. We need development of multiple sources. (Utah has a differential advantage in geothermal, solar, and wind resources.)
Mass Transit – we need to accelerate construction of and incentives for use of public transport.
Clean Tech Investment – we can lead the nation with our great entrepreneurs.
Recycling – we must do much more and government subsidies can jump start progress. (Watch for city by city praise or blacklisting based on performance in this area.)
Conservation – our spectacular resources, especially water must be managed and conserved. (Current water price subsidies help keep the public out of touch with this problem.)
No Greenwashing Allowed – changes must be sustainable and real. (This goes for individuals, companies, as well as governments.)Share