Friday, January 21, 2022

Play

Despite a failed attempt in the U.S. Senate, more than 200 business owners call for federal reforms to strengthen election laws, and the U.S. Supreme Court deals another blow to abortion providers.

Play

President Biden gets cheers and jeers as he marks his first year in the White House, the Jan. 6 committee wants to hear from Ivanka Trump, and the Supreme Court rejects another challenge to the Texas abortion law.

Play

Expanded broadband akin to electrification in rural America 80 years ago; small Wyoming grocery store survives monopolization; revitalized Kansas town gets national recognition; and Montana's Native communities look for voter suppression work-arounds.

Biden Climate Summit Could Bring Jobs, Infrastructure to Utah, U.S.

Play

Monday, April 19, 2021   

SALT LAKE CITY -- When President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit on Earth Day, he's not only seeking to engage world powers on environmental issues, but to reestablish federal partnerships with Utah and other states.

The president has invited 40 global heads of government to participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate, which starts Thursday.

In addition to reasserting America's climate-change leadership on the world stage, he wants to help states reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and build a clean-energy economy.

Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, believes the effort will benefit Utahns in many ways.

"It's important to know that it puts Utah and the United States more broadly back in the driver's seat, by reestablishing clean energy, and job creation and climate action," Kitchen asserted. "I think that this economic priority is setting us on a course for massive economic growth down the road. So, this is a good thing."

While the previous administration openly questioned the science on climate change, Biden has made the issue a priority, and recently restored U.S. participation in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

An American Jobs Plan Utah fact sheet summarizes the infrastructure needs for Utah, including repairs to dozens of bridges, thousands of miles of roadways and $4 billion of water and wastewater systems.

Kitchen argued the upgrades are needed sooner rather than later.

"Over the next coming decade, Utah is expected to nearly double in population," Kitchen pointed out. "And so, that's going to be putting enormous pressure on our housing stock, on our transportation system, and of course, critical infrastructure, like water."

While 45,000 Utahns already have clean-energy jobs, Kitchen noted the number could rise significantly under the president's program. He believes in a clean-energy economy, anyone who loses their job could quickly find a new one.

"These are jobs that will allow people to continue to stay in the workforce, even if they're shifting from hauling coal out of a mine to building a bridge or building a road, or constructing an affordable housing complex," Kitchen contended.

Prior to the summit, the administration said it will release the specifics of what it calls "ambitious climate action, and commitments to reducing carbon pollution and transitioning to a clean-energy economy."


get more stories like this via email
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018 to fill the seat previously held by Republican Jeff Flake. (Flickr)

Social Issues

A wave of new Arizona voters in the 2020 election changed the normally conservative state to one where progressive candidates and ideas have a fightin…


Environment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use federal funds for a project to help keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. It is proposing using …

Social Issues

Healthcare workers at an Oregon hospital have achieved what they say is a "win" after several strikes in recent months. Nearly 300 workers and …


Pennsylvania has over 300 million square feet of big-box building rooftops, which new research suggests could provide almost half the electricity that these buildings consume if they were outfitted with solar panels. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

As Pennsylvania continues to grow its solar-energy capacity, a new report found the roofs of big-box stores present a big opportunity to increase …

Social Issues

If Iowa wants to create healthier outcomes for its residents, advocates say there are steps policymakers can take right now to make it happen…

Over the course of the pandemic, North Dakota has received more than $350 million in federal aid to help struggling renters, but says it has sent back roughly 40% of that money unspent. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

North Dakota has returned a significant portion of the rental assistance provided by the federal government in the pandemic, but groups working …

Social Issues

Nearly 1,200 Hoosiers are about to have some of their student-loan debt forgiven, as part of a multistate settlement with the student-loan-servicing …

Social Issues

After a defeat on Wednesday, Democrats in the U.S. Senate say they'll keep trying to pass voting-rights legislation, and one Wisconsin group wants …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021