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Utah Legislature Proposes Economic Impact Study of Any climate Change Action

A Utah state senator has introduced a bill which would require undertaking an economic impact review before adoption of any legislation or executive order related to climate change. The economic analysis would include: ” (a) economic impacts, if any, on existing Utah industry, business, and consumers; and (b) impact on Utah’s ability to attract industry to rural Utah and urban Utah.”

The proposed legislation also directs that Utah ensure that any federal regulation related to climate change “is not premature to the investigation, development, testing, redesign, and implementation of climate change technologies on a commercially successful and widespread basis.” It will be interesting to see how far this proposal gets in the legislature and, if successful, whether it will start a trend among state legislatures.