Committee to Herbert: Exit climate alliance

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A legislative committee Tuesday advanced to the full Senate a nonbinding resolution advising Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed on to the multistate alliance to help develop a regional carbon cap-and-trade program, which advocates say could be a way to lessen global climate disruption from greenhouse gas emissions.

HJR21 sponsor Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, told members of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee that scientists accused of manipulating climate data were involved in "criminal activities" and that it is time to leave the alliance but still observe its activities.

University of Utah bioengineering professor Joseph Andrade urged continued participation in the initiative as a way to show leadership on climate matters, even though Utah is a small state, for the sake of coming generations.

The bill already has cleared the House.

Patty Henetz