Davies: more and more people demanding clean air

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2013, file photo, shows the haze from an inversion hanging over downtown Salt Lake City. A study from the University of Utah shows people drive more on days when bad air quality alerts are issued even though the system was created to limit use of cars. Professor Harvey Miller, author of the study, says 10 years of state traffic counter data shows more cars going up mountain canyons on days in which state officials issued bad air alerts. Miller believes people are escaping the murky air for the clean air of the nearby Wasatch Mountains. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Dr. Rob Davies says he has seen a lot of lip service as people say we need to do something to clean up the air, but he says this year something is different. On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Tuesday, the physicist said this time it has not been the leaders but rather ordinary people who are demanding change.

Davies is a member of Logan’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Advisory Board and said he was impressed with the large rally of people in Salt Lake City this year demanding clean air.

“That is an example of community action,” he said. “This is what I mean by in a democracy elected representatives don’t lead, they follow. I think just as sort of a scientific example of what is effective, we have seen more action in the Utah state legislature this year on clean air than in all past years combined.

“I think one can contribute that to direct action of large numbers of people making their voices heard.”

Davies said climate change has been happening even faster than had been anticipated and people need to call for strategic energy planning.

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