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H.J.R. 12 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Kerry W. Gibson

Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges the United States Environmental
             10      Protection Agency to cease its carbon dioxide reduction policies, programs, and
             11      regulations until climate data and global warming science are substantiated.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its
             15      carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its "Endangerment
             16      Finding" and related regulations until a full and independent investigation of
             17      climate data and global warming science can be substantiated.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, proposed cap and trade legislation before the United States Congress,
             23      together with potential state actions to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), would result in
             24      significantly higher energy costs to American consumers, business, and industry;
             25          WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
             26      "Endangerment Finding" and proposed action to regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act is
             27      based on questionable climate data and would place significant regulatory and financial
             28      burdens on all sectors of the nation's economy at a time when the nation's unemployment rate
             29      exceeds 10%;

             30          WHEREAS, global temperatures have been level and declining in some areas over the
             31      past 12 years;
             32          WHEREAS, the "hockey stick" global warming assertion has been discredited and
             33      climate alarmists' carbon dioxide-related global warming hypothesis is unable to account for
             34      the current downturn in global temperatures;
             35          WHEREAS, there is a statistically more direct correlation between twentieth century
             36      temperature rise and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere than CO2;
             37          WHEREAS, outlawed and largely phased out by 1978, in the year 2000 CFCs began to
             38      decline at approximately the same time as global temperatures began to decline;
             39          WHEREAS, emails and other communications between climate researchers around the
             40      globe, referred to as "Climategate," indicate a well organized and ongoing effort to manipulate
             41      global temperature data in order to produce a global warming outcome;
             42          WHEREAS, there has been a concerted effort by climate change alarmists to
             43      marginalize those in the scientific community who are skeptical of global warming by
             44      manipulating or pressuring peer-reviewed publications to keep contrary or competing
             45      scientific viewpoints and findings on global warming from being reviewed and published;
             46          WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a blend of
             47      government officials and scientists, does no independent climate research but relies on global
             48      climate researchers;
             49          WHEREAS, Earth's climate is constantly changing with recent warming potentially an
             50      indication of a return to more normal temperatures following a prolonged cooling period from
             51      1250 to 1860 called the "Little Ice Age";
             52          WHEREAS, more than $7 billion annually in federal government grants may have
             53      influenced the climate research focus and findings that have produced a "scientific consensus"
             54      at research institutions and universities;
             55          WHEREAS, the recently completed Copenhagen climate change summit resulted in
             56      little agreement, especially among growing CO2-emitting nations like China and India, and
             57      calls on the United States to pay billions of dollars to developing countries to reduce CO2

             58      emissions at a time when the United States' national debt will exceed $12 trillion;
             59          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that current
             60      legislation providing agriculture offsets and carbon credits to reduce CO2 emissions would
             61      result in tree planting on 59 million acres of crop and pasture land, damaging America's food
             62      security and rural communities;
             63          WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, 1.6 billion people do not
             64      have adequate food and clean water; and
             65          WHEREAS, global governance related to global warming and reduction of CO2 would
             66      ultimately lock billions of human beings into long-term poverty:
             67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             68      urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to immediately halt its carbon
             69      dioxide reduction policies and programs and withdraw its "Endangerment Finding" and related
             70      regulations until a full and independent investigation of climate data and global warming
             71      science can be substantiated.
             72          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the United
             73      States Environmental Protection Agency and to the members of Utah's congressional
             74      delegation.

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