"What we want to do is get out and tell Utahns what the future is likely to be as the result of rising air temperatures," he said. "This is unquestionably the biggest problem facing Utah."
Alan Matheson, Gov. Gary Herbert's environmental adviser, said while the state could perhaps do more to deal with the potential effects of climate variability, "we're certainly not ignoring the situation."
Earlier this year, a national environmental group slammed Utah as one of a dozen states that received a flunking grade in terms of recognizing climate change and its attendant water vulnerabilities.
Frankel's group cites that failing grade as more evidence the state is ignoring the problem. But Herbert's office dismissed the low marks at the time of the report, saying the state doesn't need a New York-based group telling it how to manage its water.
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