Environews: Clean the Darn Air

By Amy Brunvand

It’s a fundamental principle of economics: If you tax something, you get less of it. That’s the idea behind a citizen ballot initiative to clean up Utah’s air pollution problem with a modest carbon tax.

Revenues would go to clean up air pollution, fund rural economic development and help reduce sales taxes on grocery store food.  An added benefit of a fuel tax is that it creates an incentive for reduced driving so that there is less pressure to build new roads.

If the initiative gets on the 2020 ballot (and if people vote yes) the carbon tax would kick in in 2022.

The cost would be about 11 cents per gallon of gasoline and about one cent per kilowatt/hour of electricity. Clean the Darn Air needs to gather 116,00 signatures from Utah voters in 26 out of 29 state senate districts.

Look for volunteers gathering signatures at public events now through February, or check the website for details on how to volunteer to help gather signatures.

This article was originally published on July 2, 2019.