In another step forward for state and local efforts to act against global warming, a blue-ribbon task force commissioned by the Republican governor of Utah has forcefully determined climate change to be generated largely by human activity, and laid out a series of steps for how that state can begin to respond.
Of particular note to us here at Warming Law, in the wake of last week's 9th Circuit ruling on regulation of public vehicle fleets, is the Commission's high-priority reccommendation to "Have the state vehicle fleet take the lead in changes." In the 9th Circuit case, the Engine Manufacturers Association specifically told the LA Times that the possibility of California regulators sparking action elsewhere was a key motivation behind this legal battle (in the process framing the situation with language we've previously seen, and debunked, coming from automobile manufacturers):
"They do get to continue to enforce rules on local governments," said Joe Suchecki, spokesman for the Engine Manufacturers Assn., who said the organization has vigorously fought Southern California's regulations because they could spread to other states and cities, creating a "patchwork of different regulations" that would make it difficult and costly to manufacture different equipment for different localities.
Thus, it's all the more noteworthy that the Utah commission included representation from a range of state and local officials, environmentalists, and industry-oriented energy groups. As a growing range of state and local actors move forward in regulating fleet rules, the EMA may indeed be watching itself become something of an outlier on this issue.