It just wouldn’t be a “Flagged Bill” series without the obligatory statement that there is this strange offshoot of the legislative process known as a resolution. Whereas bills specifically change or create laws, resolutions act more as a way to direct where state laws and, by extension the executive branch through state agencies, state policies should go. Indeed, they do the finest thing possible in government: doing something without doing something. It isn’t that they aren’t important, they are, it is just that they don’t immediately change things the same thing a law would if it were enacted.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s have a talk about HCR 2: Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal Energy from Representative Steve Handy (Republican – Layton).
Handy is simultaneously being forward thing and pragmatic with HCR 2. In it, Handy is simultaneously attempting to redirect Utah’s energy and rural economic policy by forcing other policy makers to consider the fact that Utah’s energy resources are not just sitting underground waiting to be pumped or dug out.
Instead, the resolution notes that rural Utah, which is constantly struggling to provide quality jobs to its citizens, would benefit greatly from the jobs that come from constructing and maintaining a green economy and greener energy production.
The politics of climate change, global warming, and even the annual inversion aside, the harsh and cold realities of global economics show that coal is no longer king and that other nations are more than happy to manipulate oil prices specifically with the intent of harming U.S. companies. Green energy, on the other hand, is domestic, reliable, renewable, and increasingly profitable – and Utah would be wise to position itself as a green energy exporter while simultaneously bolstering rural economies where such energy production is more practical.
No, HCR 2 will not magically turn Utah into a carbon-neutral state, and yes, there are plenty of lawmakers who are more than happy to double-down on fossil fuels, but if HCR 2 were to pass, it would help steer the ship toward a better and more prosperous future. All that being said, a change to energy policy via a bill would have a much greater influence on state policy, and Handy does lose some points for
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Impact on the Average Utahn – 2 | Need for Legislation – 4 | Lemon Score – 0
Overall Grade – B