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Rural UT produces significant amount of emissions, expert sounds alarm

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Friday, June 7, 2024   

Correction: Maria Doerr is a program officer with Rural Climate Partnership and is the lead author of the report. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated her title and listed her as a co-author of the report. (2:30 p.m. PT, June 10, 2024)


At least 12% of Utah's population lives in rural areas, and a new report finds that a significant portion of the state's greenhouse-gas emissions originate there.

A Rural Climate Partnership report finds that 36% of U.S. emissions are produced in rural America. Maria Doerr, a program officer at the partnership and lead author, said the emission impacts of rural America are disproportionately large for the population they correspond to.

Emissions are created by the goods and services produced in rural places -- like electricity -- that are then sent to urban and suburban communities. For rural communities, that means air pollution among other environmental injustices.

She said achieving the nation's climate goals will require more focus on rural areas.

"That is why we need rural communities to be the leaders of change for themselves because solutions will not work if they come from out of state or from the coastal cities," she said. "Solutions must be coming from rural communities, and when they do they can both address climate issues and reduce emissions."

Doerr said rural messengers are critical for communicating the potential benefits of clean-energy development such as new local jobs as well as opportunities for tax and land-lease revenue that can help farms stay in business. She added that while climate action has been moved forward thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the work must continue.

Utah ranks 27th nationally in the production of renewable energy; 75% of power plants in the state are in rural places which see 87% of all the state's combustion power-plant emissions.

Doerr said rural communities have not been prioritized in efforts that would help them harness the benefits of energy efficiency and electrification.

"I'm hopeful about opportunities to help those rural communities lead for themselves to create changes," she said, "like bringing in more clean-energy projects that create local jobs, that increase grid resiliency and reduce energy costs."

Doerr said rural households spend 25%, or more than $450 dollars, more annually on household energy than their non-rural counterparts. Doerr explained that it is due in large part to the energy sources used in more remote places.


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