About Ruedigar Matthes

Ruedigar Matthes I'm a 22 year old student of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, I've grown up loving the red rock of southern Utah as well as the pristine mountains of the northern fronts. Besides saving the planet one blog post at a time, I enjoy soccer, the natural world, reading and writing.

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Mercury Falling: New Bill Proposition to Curb Mercury Pollution

July 10th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Highly toxic by ingestion or inhalation of the dust, it can also poison a person through exposure to soluble forms, inhalation of its vapour, or eating fish contaminated with it. It's mercury. We all know mercury for its presence in thermometers. And we all know what it means for the mercury to be rising (as is currently a major global issue). But what does it mean when mercury is falling

Is Nuclear “The Best Solution On Climate Change”?

July 8th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

A few weeks ago Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) called for a new energy solution. A solution that came in the form of 100 new nuclear power plants. That vision has not left the republicans' eyes. And on Tuesday, Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) added his two cents

Cigarette Clean-Up Fee Passes San Francisco’s Board Vote

July 1st, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

San Francisco, CA - They're everywhere. On the streets, in gutters; even collecting in pools of water. Little orange and white rolls of paper and tobacco. Cigarettes. Once used, these unfriendly remains haunt our down towns and our backyards. But it's time to say goodbye to the orange and white...in San Francisco at least. San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee unanimously supported a measure that will help get rid of the stubs of used cigarettes

Democrats Host Green Jobs Summit

June 29th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

On an historic day which proved America's spirit during the Revolutionary War, the spirit of America was again proved. As news came that Nevada's unemployment rate hit a record high of 11.3 percent, Senate majority leader Harry Reid addressed the people whose roles are instrumental in helping America survive

FDA Under Fire for Loose BPA Restrictions

June 24th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in can linings and hard plastics. It's been around for a while and is widely used. And chances are, you have it in your system as we speak. With such common usage of the chemical, what are people making a fuss about

World’s First Real-Time Carbon Counter Unveiled in New York

June 18th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

They are everywhere. We can't see them, but little by little they are destroying our way of life. But for the first time ever, they are being caught red-handed. They are greenhouse gases. And today Deutsche Bank unveiled the world's first real-time carbon counter to measure these microscopic murderers

What’s the Real Story Behind the Enbridge Pipeline?

June 18th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

With the spotlight shining on clean energy, the stage has been set for the U.S. to rid itself of a harmful addiction to foreign oil. The stars are aligned and the cards have been dealt. Soon we'll have kicked the dirty habit, right

San Jose Inches Closer to Reaching Goal of 100 Percent Energy Independence

June 17th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Achieving a goal of 100 percent energy independence is a little closer for San Jose thanks to a momentous move by the City Council today. The City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop potential lease terms and guidelines for developing an organics-to energy bio-gas facility

Interior Sued to Obtain Oil Royalty Revenue Information

June 10th, 2009 | by Ruedigar Matthes

Is the U.S. Interior Department wrongly withholding information that will reveal whether taxpayers are being ripped off in a controversial oil and gas royalty program? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) see to think so, according to a lawsuit they filed today. Interior claims that disclosure of bidding and contracting information about its Royalty-In-Kind (RIK) sales would reveal oil company trade secrets

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