Salt Lake City resident Mark Regier listens to testimony about HJR 12
(KCPW News) More than 80 people filled a standing-room only committee hearing this morning and an overflow room as lawmakers debated a resolution urging the federal government not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists and climate activists were joined by students like Jillian Edmonds, a Westminster College junior, in opposing H.J.R. 12.
“Are you willing to sit here, do nothing, accept the status quo and force us to face the consequences?” she asked. “Or are you willing to take out insurance, do something, no matter what that is and help us in the future should the worst happen?”
Republican Senator Dennis Stowell, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee, explained his decision to vote “yes” by answering Edmonds’ question.
“I would buy an insurance policy if I can afford it,” said Stowell. “You know, I have insurance policies, I would buy millions of dollars or billions of dollars of insurance to protect my family if I could afford it. I think this is about cost.”
The Utah Farm Bureau testified that a cap and trade bill proposed in Congress will cost Utah farmers millions of dollars, drive up food and energy prices for consumers and lead to unprecedented shortages. Others testified that climate change theory is based on faulty science. But scientists from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah said climate change is a real threat. The resolution passed out of committee along partisan lines, and moves to the Senate floor. It’s already passed the House of Representatives.