The First Amendment to the Constitution, as we all know, includes the right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances."
What most of us probably do not know perhaps because it is buried more deeply and expressed less poetically is that Utahns also have the statutory right to approach their state government and request that various agencies initiate the process of making new rules in furtherance of their lawful missions and in the interests of the people. This provision of the Utah State Code Section 63G-3-601 also provides that, should the state not grant the petitioners' requests, for a hearing and then for new rules, it must give the reason why. In writing.
Such a petition was filed recently by a group of Utahns, mostly of high school and college age, asking that each of several state agencies pull all the levers on their respective panels to slow the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and stave off the expected impact of global climate change.