The Natural Resources Defense Council charges that Utah is behind the curve in planning for drought due to climate change. State water officials say that's baloney. We believe the truth lies somewhere in between. Utah has done some good planning and is pushing water conservation. But it could do more, and it would help if extremists in the Legislature would quit passing resolutions that climate change is a scientific hoax. It's not.
The NRDC is a private environmental organization. It has written a report ranking the states by how they are planning to deal with climate change. Utah falls in the worst category.
"Utah was engaged in action to address climate change issues until recently," according to the report. "In 2007 the Governor's Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change released its report outlining measures the state could take to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. However, in recent years the state has taken steps backwards on climate change action, with the passing of joint resolutions such as HJR12 in 2010, which claimed that climate change was not occurring."