Brief: Utah Farm Bureau speaker questions manmade climate change
July 31, 2009
Tom Tripp, featured speaker at the Utah Farm Bureau midyear conference in Provo last month, told an assembled audience of farmers and ranchers that data on manmade climate change was inconclusive. Tripp, a Utah magnesium specialist, was a member of the 2,000-person Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. Tripp argued that climate change is being used to promote the Waxman-Markey carbon-trade proposal being debated by Congress. Utah, a coal-burning state, could see energy bills double if the bill passes, he said. Rural citizens use 58 percent more energy than urban residents.