From: K C
To: John Knotwell, Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, Scott H. Chew, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Derrin Owens, Val Peterson, Bradley Daw, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Norm Thurston, Francis Gibson, Michael McKell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Brad King, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: HB 246 DO NOT PASS
Date: Tue Mar 08 23:54:14 MST 2016
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Dear Utah House Representatives,

  I am a Utah citizen who is extremely concerned about this session’s legislative decisions.   2 million dollars could not be secured to update air quality monitors.    But, it seems there is plenty of money to continue to pursue dirty, filthy energy when you know, and I know, there are clean alternatives ready to go.  You claim family values.  Do you not care for the children in Beijing who live and die in conditions filthier than our worst inversions, to say nothing of the global impacts of pollution on your own grandchildren.   A clean, safe world should not even BE a political issue.  This is a disgrace.

You (and I am speaking to those of you responsible) sneaked HB 246 in at the last minute. 
Do you have a plan for these funds when California citizens and politicians balk at trying to resuscitate a dying, immoral industry?    How can the State justify spending CIB funds, royalties from fossil fuel industries, money meant to improve the safety and quality of life of the local communities affected by fossil fuel extraction, how can we honestly justify spending their money on an investment out of state?

An op-ed in the Deseret News, read by a great many of your constituents has exposed this project for what it is:  an illegal money-laundering scheme.The conflicts of interest are abundantly clear even to lay people, it is unethical and  and it is illegal. If you allow this bill to proceed, you are taking money out Utah communities and subsidizing the coal industry with it.   This is backroom, corporate welfare at its worse.


Embarrassingly, Utah is LAST in the nation for per-pupil spending. Every winter our filthy air, a direct result of your inaction in areas of pollution control, clean energy incentives, community planning, public transit, industry regulation.  It Is a bold-faced like when legislators claim we don’t have the funds to protect public health from air pollution, but we have money to play investment banker to the coal industry, and allow grossly high tax breaks to oil companies.


There is still time to do the right thing.  There is still time to grow a vibrant, tech-based economy in Utah.   Orem and Provo are begging you to act as they are losing companies who will not relocate due to air concerns.   We can be pro-business and pro-clean energy.    This is not an either/or question and I urge you to reconsider from that shift in paradigm.
 
Please do not allow HB 246 to pass.

Sincerely,
Katie Christensen
SLC, UT