On February 13, the Utah Public Utilities and Technology Committee voted to favorably recommend a House Resolution urging Governor Huntsman to withdraw Utah from the Western Climate Initiative. The resolution, 1st Sub. H.R. 3, contains recitals referring to “Utah’s abundant and clean burning coal,” the lack of balance in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Council on Climate Change, the absence of economic analysis of the costs and benefits associated with carbon reduction mandates, and other concerns regarding the economic impact of a cap and trade mandate. The resolution is among a number of proposed resolutions and bills addressing energy issues, including H.J.R 9, Joint Resolution on Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency and Utility Demand-Side Management, H.J.R. 12, Joint Resolution Supporting Hydrogen Power From Advanced Coal and Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology, and House Bill 412, Energy Policy Amendments.
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