Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

The Deseret News editorial titled “Unseasonably warm” (Nov. 28) states there has been growing concern about changes in weather patterns that might negatively impact Utah’s ski industry. Climate change is going to impact more than just Utah’s ski industry.

In 2007, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman commissioned a Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change. The council’s report stated: “Ongoing greenhouse gas emissions at or above current levels will likely result in a decline in Utah’s snowpack and the threat of severe and prolonged episodic drought in Utah is real.” The federal government’s National Climate Assessment and Gov. Herbert’s Water Strategy Advisory Team also warn that climate change will negatively impact snowpack and stream flows. Before climate change information was removed from the EPA’s website, the website stated, “The largest increases in average temperature across the contiguous U.S. by 2100 are projected to occur in the Mountain West."

Russell Patterson

West Valley City