Dozens of individuals peacefully disrupted road construction and stopped operations today at the site of a proposed tar sands mine in the Bookcliffs range of southeastern Utah. Earlier this morning, Utah residents joined members of indigenous tribes from the Four Corners region and allies from across the country for a water ceremony inside the mine […]
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This has got to hurt. The largest newspaper in Salt Lake City – the center of the Mormon world, the place where Romney saved the Olympics – has rejected their state’s favorite son with a stinging rebuke and endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. Under the headline “Too many Mitts – Obama has earned another term”, the […]
In 2010, it looked like the Democrats were going to have a hard time holding the Senate. They got a reprieve from the Tea Party – which backed such extreme candidates in Delaware, Nevada and Colorado that they managed to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot. Now, in 2012, it looks like the same scenario […]
By Barry Bickmore Professor of Geologic Sciences, Brigham Young University I gave a talk called How to Avoid the Truth About Climate Change for the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University. For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I am a Republican and a geochemist who, until a few years ago, was […]
In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster – in which both Japanese and American authorities have consistently downplayed the dangers – it’s worth taking a look at where we have come from.
For the past 60 years, our government has over and over again insisted that there was nothing to worry about, that radiation levels were too low to cause any harm, and there was no cause for alarm.
Years later, often after battles in the courts, it has turned out that they were lying through their teeth. Their priority wasn’t public health and well-being – it was to preserve their atomic program at all consts and to prevent panic – justifiable panic, as it turns out.
The state of Utah has approved an open-pit coal mine to be located just 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park. GOP Governor Gary Herbert got the permit fast-tracked… after meeting with the mine’s developers and taking a $10,000 campaign contribution. “A strip mine is not the sort of canyon tourists are flocking to see,” […]
There is nothing earth-shattering about what is going on at the Attorney General’s office in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s quite the opposite. The Utah AG’s office is taking a small step in the right direction to save, not shatter, our planet.
Now that President Obama has tapped Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, attention has turned to his likely replacement, Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, and the policy directions the new governor plans on taking the state.