Our air along the Wasatch Front is too often TOXIC!
Utah's Legislators and Governors have ignored the condition of Utah's air for a generation. Ironically, any improvement that has come to our air is as a result of EPA requirements. Not Utah Legislative action. As a matter of fact, Utah has been in court almost continuously over the years trying to turn back the very EPA rules that have kept us from complete pollution meltdown.
This remains a critical issue that the pollution lobby led legislature and governor only give lip service. With President Trump cutting the EPA budget by 33% and leaving pollution control in the hands of states--HEAVEN HELP US!
Poor air quality prevents Utahans from enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle and limits our state’s ability to attract visitors and jobs. The air we breathe directly affects our health, and Utah’s poor air quality most acutely harms those with increased health risks—particularly the elderly and those living with chronic conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Excessive levels of pollution (whose occurrence is most visible, but not limited to, periods of winter inversion) diminish the opportunities for, and safety of, wintertime and summertime recreation; inaction on these issues risks Utah’s ability to attract tourists and entrepreneurs.
Utah’s population and economy have grown rapidly in the past decade, leading to job creation and new services for Utah families. However, without meaningful action from the public and private sectors, continued growth will lead to more pollution and only complicate the environmental issues affecting Utah’s citizens.
I want to keep Utah the place to raise a family, build a career, and enjoy the outdoors. And we can do this while prioritizing environmental quality and public health.
I believe individuals, businesses and governments at the state, county and city levels can take meaningful action to improve our air quality. We support a balanced and forward-thinking approach to public infrastructure that prioritizes energy efficiency and offers transit alternatives to a wide range of Utahans. Cooperation and planning between private employers and public transit providers can make our mass transit systems more accessible and affordable by encouraging ridership. Local authorities should provide safe and well maintained pedestrian and cyclist thoroughfares in urban areas to enable and encourage non-vehicle transit.
I will make it my highest priority to GET OUR AIR CLEAN!