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Utah Lawmaker Says Atmosphere Needs More Carbon Dioxide Emissions

•, By Douglas Main
 The majority of climate scientists who believe that concerning levels of carbon dioxide are being pumped into the atmosphere have got it wrong; Instead, there should be more. Or so argues Utah state representative Jerry Anderson, who put forth a bill that would limit the state’s ability to regulate emissions of the greenhouse gas. Utah being Utah, "Anderson’s climate change skepticism enjoyed a receptive hearing from committee members, [but] they voted to hold the bill," The Salt Lake Tribune noted

The bill was aimed at clarifying the definition of the term "air pollutant," and would exempt "natural" gases and prevent state standards for carbon dioxide below 500 parts per million, which is far above the current level, near 400 ppm. But the bill hit stumbling blocks, such as the "undeniable" evidence that naturally-occurring radon (and xenon and cyanide) pose a threat to human health. Those pesky facts. 

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