Letter: Utahns who complain about the air and don’t vote are part of the problem

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Provo and Orem are somewhere below on this smoggy morning, Thursday, December 7, 2017.

If you’re concerned about environmental issues and you’re not voting, you’re part of the problem.

You non-voters, you know who you are. Maybe you tell your friends you’re voting when you haven’t even registered. Maybe you think voting is a futile exercise, or maybe you just can’t be bothered. But then our obnoxious atmospheric inversions really bother you and those foolish climate change deniers really get your goat. And still you don’t vote!

Well, evidently you’re not alone. According to the Environmental Voter Project, in recent nationwide elections over 15 million individually identifiable environmental voters stayed home on Election Day.

So, evidently there are thousands of Utahns concerned about the environment but not voting. Not voting for candidates who will address their issues and promote progressive environmental policies.

It would be great if you non-voters would just get registered and get in the habit of exercising your vote. It’s easier than ever. You can do it at your leisure and mail in your ballot. There’s a primary election coming up soon. Typically, not even a majority of regular voters vote in a primary. So it’s an excellent time to register, pick your candidate(s), vote and start having an impact!

Craig Blouin, Millcreek