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Governor Huntsman touts big idea to tackle air quality

Utah’s remarkable population growth, coupled with our unique geography, impacts Utah’s air quality and quality of life. Today, Governor Huntsman met with UCAIR, the Utah Clean Air Partnership, to discuss the importance of addressing our air quality issues.

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune:

If elected to the seat again, former Gov. Jon Huntsman said he would set a goal for the state to have a net-zero balance of emissions along the Wasatch Front by 2030.

“Let’s set the bar high,” he said. “Because if you don’t shoot high, you’re not going to get anywhere.”

To achieve that aim, Huntsman said he would work as an “aggregator of talent” to bring the best minds to the table, promote state involvement in transit options and cultivate public-private partnerships for funding.

Huntsman, who served as governor from 2005 to 2009, also expressed support for “bottom-up” solutions to address booming growth in a state that has added 850,000 people since he left office.

“It can never be a top-down mandated thing,” he said, adding that the state’s governor needs to lead conversations with local leaders based on data that looks not 5 or 10 years down the road but 25 or 50.

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