Mayors detail climate change actions

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  • TheSkewedReview St. George, UT
    April 28, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    Not to be a stickler, but do you think the meant, "We need to look at how OUR (not "are") communities develop and how we get around." ? I'm using this quote in something, and I think I'm going to change it. You know, for clarity. And because that's totally what he said.

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    April 23, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    @mcclark: What about the report signed by 700 scientists including the former head of the UN Climate Change panel that debunked the UN's climate study. If you are so intent on following the money look at the so-called scientists who push climate change. If they didn't push these phony studies they would be out of money.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    The ability of so many to disregard many decades of research and studies that have proven without a shadow of doubt climate change is real and human caused is astounding. The only "scientists" who deny climate change are the same kind as the tobacco companies used to trot out to say smoking was good for you. Big corporations can always buy someone to say what they want with unlimited money at their disposal. And the idea that scientists are going to make big money pushing climate change is laughable. It is the deniers that are racking in the bucks from their masters.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    April 23, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    US grid, mono-crystalline silicon, emissions with an estimated lifetime of only 15 years, the emissions are 207 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour – just 2 times better than gas. Agreed, solar panels are still a better choice than fossil fuels. But it becomes quite hard to describe them as a “clean” source of fuel.

    In addition to the CO2 there is large amounts of heavy metal pollution cast off from the production process. But we won't go into the pollution of creating batteries to store the electricity.

    If we consider solar panels mounted on gadgets like laptops or mobile phones, solar energy becomes a plainly bad idea. It is better for the environment to power a gadget with electricity generated by coal, rather than by a solar panel.
    Kris De Decker Low-Tech Magazine

  • barfolomew TOOELE, UT
    April 23, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    @Baron Scarpia:

    The shortsightedness of misguided environmentalists amazes me. Do you really believe that solar panels are "zero" emission? I'll bet you think plug-in electric cars are, too, while ignoring where the electricity comes from.

    You can't ignore the energy use, water use, mining operations, and the creation of hazardous wastes that go into manufacturing a solar panel and the systems used to run them. And don't ignore the energy use and hazardous waste associated with their recycling or disposal.

    And I can't wait to see what you're going to do when the first hail storm pelts your panels.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    April 23, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    What climate change? Nothing unprecedented is happening. Temperatures are flat. Storms are in the normal range. Climate models are wrong. This discussion of "doing something about the climate" is nothing short of tilting at windmills.

    Cleaning the air is always a wise thing to do, but if you concentrate on a harmless non-pollutant like CO2, you're going to miss the real pollutants (sulfur and nitrogen compounds, for example), stifle economic well-being, waste a lot of money, and accomplish nothing for your efforts.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 23, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    There is no such thing as climate change...

    There is no such thing as climate change to those who have positioned themselves to profit on both sides of that issue.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 23, 2014 7:53 a.m.

    Local and state-level initiatives are moving America ahead on clean, renewable energy, despite the dysfunction in Washington and Big Oil's and Big Coal's efforts to derail those efforts. What people don't understand is that when you put a solar panel on a roof, you produce energy for 25 to 40 years with zero pollution, zero fuel costs, zero water use, and at a locked-in, stable price.

    Solar largely pays for itself within a decade (and sooner in place like Hawaii and California were energy prices are significantly higher).

    These panels will be still producing power for our kids and grandkids, whereas the legacy of that precious oil and natural gas we burn today will simply give us pollution for higher ObamaCare costs today and hotter weather for our kids and grandkids tomorrow.

    Cities have a responsibility to shield tax payers from escalating energy prices, and investments in price-stable solar today do just that! The more our cities force us to rely on coal and gas, taxpayers will have to pay the carbon taxes, pollution costs, and "adders" going forward... not a good risk for the public!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 22, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    No wonder our government (at all levels) is so messed up. We have elected officials eager to spend tons of money "fixing" an unproven "problem" that has been sold by hysteria and hype, not actual science.

    Lemmings act in this manner, but elected officials should not.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 22, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Most politics are local and most social change takes places in homes, neighborhoods, towns and cities long before our State and National goverments do anything. Solar power is on the precipice of going mainstream. Many analyst predict 25% of residental power will be sourced by solar within 12 years. Oil and utility companies are pushing back enticing goverments to place surcharges on solar use. Kudos to elected leaders who encourage more clean energy power.

  • Mkithpen Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:01 p.m.

    Really - don't our mayors have enough to do without getting involved in national issues. Time for people of integrity in County and State government. How can we persuade Mark Crockett back into the political arena?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    Good thing Mayor Becker is championing Global Warming on a 70* day in April 2014.........Reminds me of the good ol' days when Mayor Wilson was championing Global Cooling on a 70* day back in 1974!