Included in this year’s state budget is $200,000 for a study on how climate change impacts Utah.

Lawmakers say the research is needed to understand and better respond to issues like air quality and pollution. But the Utah Legislature has also shown reluctance to acknowledge climate change, and a campaign to enact a carbon tax is preparing to gather signatures, which could leapfrog lawmakers and put the issue directly before voters.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporter Bethany Rodgers, Bountiful Republican Rep. Ray Ward, and Clean the Darn Air co-founder Yoram Bauman join reporter Benjamin Wood to discuss different strategies in the state for addressing air quality and carbon emissions.

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