Analysis shows where Utah stands with greenhouse gas emissions

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 14, 2013 6:03 a.m.

    The back story here is that Utah is a net-exporter of electricity, primarily to California, and the state has cancelled its future coal contracts, beginning in 2025. We essentially have 12 years to start transitioning Utah's coal industry into something else as the main power plant selling that coal-fired power to California will likely convert to natural gas (well before 2025) and renewable energy from surrounding states (if Utah is slow to develop its own resources) will likely replace the lost coal-fired power. In short, Utah is destined to lose its California customers.

    Whether you "believe" in climate change or not, the state's political and energy leaders must "believe" in the power of the market and make changes accordingly. I don't see much going on here. Perhaps the state's leaders believe in a "free market" and expect the state's coal industry to simply collapse and let the market drive the future. "Leadership and planning" isn't needed because to sounds too much like communistic central planning. Too bad. Some leadership from government, the universities, and local city/county officials could help avert disaster in coal-based communities across the state.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    May 13, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    As reported, the way the Deseret News came to the conclusion of a decrease in CO2 emissions using two static points 2002 and 2012 is misleading and doesn't reflect the trend or direction over time as well as taking into account four years of recessionary impact on the temporary reduction in energy use that will likely change as the economy goes back to normal. However, the substantial proportion of power plant CO2 contributions in Utah versus transportation is strongly suggestive that Governor Herbert's proposed air quality plan is not balanced and unfair and is more restrictive of transportation by the both public and industry rather than more focus on industry power plant pollution.