County approves cap-and-trade resolution after USU prof helps correct inaccuracies

Almost two months ago, the Cache County Council was about to approve a resolution on a national cap-and-trade bill, but when USU physics professor and climate scientist Rob Davies asked the council to take another look, some aspects of the legislation changed.Davies told the council that he had information disproving statements made in the resolution, and County Council Chairman Craig Petersen asked for a delay on approving the resolution.Last night, however, the council voted four-to-three to approve the resolution, but only after amending it to remove what Petersen agreed were inaccurate statements. Davies, who was at the meeting, said he was pleased.”There were six substantive statements, whereas such and whenas such and such, all were demonstrably wrong,” Davies said, noting that two of the statements dealt with costs of cap-and-trade legislation and four had to do with climate science. “I was very pleased that they recognized that they were wrong and stripped them out of their resolution before passing it.”Although the majority voted to approve the resolution, Davies said it was a great educational process. Petersen voted against the resolution as did councilmembers Brian Chambers and Jon White. Davies said he had no concern about cap-and-trade, he just didn’t want false information in the resolution.

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