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Yet another distinguished panel, this one put together locally by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, has concluded that the world's climate is warming significantly. And Utah, according to the panel, "is projected to warm more than the average for the entire globe."
Only the most hardened skeptics continue to deny that global warming is a reality. The two most pressing questions now are what's causing it and what to do about it.
Again, according to the governor's panel, "human-generated increases in greenhouse gas concentrations" are the most likely culprit. And most of that is due to humanity's insatiable appetite for energy.
Wisely, Governor Huntsman is encouraging Utahns to increase energy efficiency in the state 20 percent by 2015. His study group suggested 23 specific strategies that would help the state achieve that realistic goal. You can study all 23 of them online at www.energy.utah.gov.
In KSL's view, they represent a reasonable and prudent approach to reducing per capita growth in energy use without dramatically altering our quality of life.
Such rational suggestions based on sound science, rather than ignorance or panic, seem the best way to respond to the climate changes that are occurring. KSL appreciates the common sense approach adopted by Governor Huntsman and his panel of experts.