GCHS debate team dissects proposed carbon tax

By Anthony Militano • The Times-Independent

Members of the Grand County High Debate Team took on a critical issue during a mock debate the League of Women Voters sponsored at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center Monday evening.

With roughly 40 people in the audience, the students took a deep dive into Utah House Bill 403 – which if lawmakers approve would put a price on carbon emissions.

Four argued in support of the tax and two against. They explained the issue as they see it and used verified facts in support of their respective arguments.

The students noted Utah is a natural resource rich state, which begs the question: Will taxing petroleum or coal companies inspire the state’s residents to go green and embrace alternative solutions?

What would a carbon tax mean for the state economy – given the fact the energy industry provides a significant number of jobs.

The students “Are not necessarily arguing their own bias or personal opinions,” said Grand County High Debate Advisor Carrie Strecker.

Comments from those in attendance included a number from adults who said they were impressed with the decorum and respect the students displayed while making their arguments.