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Hundreds of snowpeople at the Utah Capitol with climate change plea

One of the 600 "snow people" built on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Their signs asked Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to help them "put a price on carbon." Photo credit: @pricecarbonplz via Twitter

SALT LAKE CITY — A group of snowpeople, or what organizers call an “endangered species” was seen standing on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol Sunday afternoon.

The group consists of 600 snowmen with some very specific demands:  they (okay, their builders) are trying to get the attention of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). 

In a press release sent to KSL Newsradio, the snowpeople organizers said they are demanding a price on carbon. They claim such a price is “the fastest and most effective way to curb climate change,” according to the press release.


 

A similar gathering was seen nearly one week ago, on Feb. 14, at the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 

Snowpeople at the New York office of Sen. Chuck Shumer. Photo credit: @pricecarbonplz via Twitter

 

Snowpeople at the New York office of Sen. Chuck Shumer. Photo credit: @pricecarbonplz via Twitter

Sen. Romney on climate

On his Senate webpage, Sen. Romney states that he believes the United States “can and should be a worldwide leader in energy production and in developing solutions to climate change.” At the same time, Sen. Romney’s webpage indicates that he is thankful for Utah’s coal power plants “at the forefront of the clean oil industry.”

A way forward, his website indicates, is “with innovation from the private sector,” and the willingness to work with “like-minded Senators from both sides of the political aisle.

In early February, Sen. Romney filed 11 amendments to the Senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2021.  One of those amendments, Investing in Climate Technology Innovation, would create partnerships between the U.S. government and the private sector with the goal of improving and developing domestic clean energy technologies. 

Sen. Romney is a member of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.