Herbert has done nothing to go beyond the minimum federal standards requiring
clean air and water. In fact, the feds have had to threaten Utah with sanctions
just to get those minimum standards met. Thank you, feds, for protecting our
air and water.
How about some incentives to encourage the making of better choices. As the
saying goes, "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down". Threats,
penalties may drive the "horse to water", but making it drink will be
more difficult while creating an environment of passive aggressiveness that only
makes change more difficult. The Governor's timid approach is better as we
learn better how to reward improvement. Individuals, business, industry and
communities will change when the changes suggested make sense and reduce their
costs, instead of increasing costs and having little practicality.
Political will? Depends on what the corporate special interest masters have to
say. Let's be honest, the GOP will never go against them.
We need laws against forest fires, and volcanoes erupting. This would really
cut pollution. How about the EPA, and all the hot air they put out?