Feb 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Snowmen were all-around the state capitol in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 21. 2021 with many holding signs asking for a price on carbon to rescue their “Endangered species.”
Though there wasn’t much snow in the Utah Skies on Sunday, hundreds of snowmen made it to the grounds at the state Capitol at Salt Lake City as the snow was all part of a plea to rescue the “endangered species.”
(Photo : Balazs Benjamin)
The expression intends to encourage lawmakers, Democrats, and Republicans, state and local, to call for a price on carbon. According to Nick Huey, a 28-year-old father from Taylorsville, who arranged the event on Sunday said more than 50 volunteers turned out to create at least 500 snowmen and snowwomen, making use of snow that was already on the property.
Huey said to the Deseret News that “The snow people claim carbon pricing is the speediest and most effective way to curb climate change. We need to do something about the climate change which does not necessarily have to be we launching ourselves into the Stone Ages and never make use of our cars.”
Lawmakers Should Lay Down The Rules
He said lawmakers should “lay down the rules and let the market respond with new innovations” that could pilot to less pollution and cleaner air. Huey stated that some of the cleverly and quickly drafted messages held by the snowmen, includes “Snowppl 4 carbon pricing,” and “Mr. Mitt Romnee, if u price carbon we will vote 4 you 4 ever” and that putting a tax on carbon emissions is something both parties can get behind.
Carbon pricing would basically move the burden of greenhouse gases to the corporations that play a part in creating it. Those companies also have the ability to reduce or slow down their emissions. Huey said “It’s a free market with small government and it is greatly effective,” and that it would also allow the United States to meet the goals set by the Paris climate agreement without the need of belonging to it.
(Photo : Martin Rois)
A handful of other countries, along with cities, provinces, and states, already adopt carbon pricing as a part of their plans to slow down their own carbon footprints. On Sunday, the sun was shining perhaps a little too brightly on the new, little population of snowmen, a bipartisan group whom Nick Huey said are all Utahns, born and grew up here today and half of them are conservative.
He says the snow people will most likely stick around until Monday afternoon or evening, but it would be nice to see them pop up in other cities and states, strengthening awareness about climate change, about which most of my younger colleagues of Americans are very passionate about.”
Similar snowmen showed up outside the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, Senate majority leader, last week, with some of the same messages calling for action from the new Senator representing New york.
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