(KCPW News) A climate change resolution urging the federal government not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions has just one more vote to go before it clears the Utah Legislature. Senate Democrats argued yesterday the resolution sends the wrong message. Salt Lake City Senator Ben McAdams said it’s prudent to take action on greenhouse gas emissions now, even if some of the state’s policymakers still question carbon dioxide’s role in climate change.
“If we do that and we start preparing and reacting today, 10 years from now we may look around and we may say, ‘Our air is cleaner, our water is cleaner and it was all for nothing,’” he said. “But I think that’s okay. It’s okay to have cleaner air; it’s okay to have cleaner water.”
McAdams argued greenhouse gas regulation is like a driver using the brakes and swerving to avoid a collision. He said the federal government can see the car coming, and is taking steps to avoid what might be a catastrophic event.
But Republicans, like Senator Mark Madsen, argued there’s no need to regulate CO2. Responding to McAdams, he said there actually is no oncoming vehicle threatening the world’s climate, and therefore no need for carbon dioxide regulations.
“It’s not coming at us. If this is happening, there’s little scientific, if any scientific evidence, supported by a majority of scientists, that this is man-made,” he said. “And if it’s happening, the benefits may well, and will likely outweigh any negative effects.”
H.J.R. 12, “Climate Change Joint Resolution,” passed its first Senate vote, 18-to-8 on Thursday. It faces one more vote to receive final approval.