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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a resolution that calls on Gov. Jon Huntsman to get Utah out of the Western Climate Initiative, a coalition formed to roll back greenhouse-gas emissions.

House Resolution 3, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, passed the Utah House 51-9. The resolution is nonbinding, but sends Huntsman a message.

WCI seeks to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020. Six western states and three Canadian provinces are members of WCI.

Noel says he doesn't believe global warming is human-caused. He says that capping emissions will hurt Utah's coal-fired power plants and the overall state economy.

The bill now goes to the Utah Senate.

Huntsman spokeswoman Lisa Roskelley says WCI gives Utah a seat at the table during important discussions of issues that could affect the state's future.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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