John deJong

John deJong is hard to pigeon hole (at six foot three and 240 pounds, he really wouldn’t fit into a pigeon hole). John married into the business 31 years ago. Boy Friday is the best all-around description of his job at CATALYST through the years. Chief Enabler of the CATALYST Infomaniac in Chief (aka Greta) is another apt title. Since 1992 he has written "Don't Get Me Started," a column covering politics, environmental issues and whatever is stuck in his craw this month. With Hillary Clinton's eminent election he decided to lay off politics. You know how that came out.


Articles

Politics

Don’t Get Me Started: A Tale of Two Trolls

Strange things you see at the Coffee Garden. After reading a murder of mysteries by Agatha Christie, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler recently, I’ve taken a sleuthsome turn mysel …

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Energy, Environmental Politics

Don’t Get Me Started: March 2018

No sympathy for the devil. “What’s confusing you is the nature of my game.” — Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones. In January Donald Trump tried to live up to his campaign promi …

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Technology, Think, Transportation

CATALYST test drives a Chevy Bolt EV

An electric car can work with your solar panels for an overall lower carbon footprint. Perhaps the most important part of owning and managing a solar system of your own (SSOYO) is …

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Getting to Zero Carbon

Thinking of solar panels and an e-car? First, work on reducing the amount of electricity you use. There’s one campaign promise Donald Trump may end up keeping. But it’s not his pro …

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Good Grief: The well-heeled Americans for Pollution org makes an appearance at Rocky Mountain Power’s rooftop solar power rate hearing

  I spent an interesting, occasionally entertaining, afternoon last week with three Utah Public Service Commissioners and 140 citizens commenting on Rocky Mountain Power’s req …

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What Are you Reading For?

Overcoming ignorance, one book at a time. I just got back from a road trip to the Redwoods and Portland with my brother. The best part of Redwood National Park was closed because o …

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Environmental Politics

Walking with John: Bears Ears Going to Court?

Questionable legal advice from an infamous lawyer may have the Trump administration headed to court. When President Obama declared the Bears Ears National Monumant he hewed closely …

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Connect, Environmental Politics

Walking with John

We’re off to gather story ideas. Sustainability—the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely—is the eco-buzz-word of the decade. Next thing you …

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Politics

Don’t Get Me Started: Lap Dancers

You say sugar daddy, I say sugar daddies. —by John deJong In the ever more interesting race for Utah’s governorship, Gary Herbert has labeled Republican primary opponent Jonathan J …

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Community, Politics, Think

On the Cover: Bernie Sanders Rally

Photo by John deJong The first time I participated in politics was in 1964 in Iowa. Junior high was let out early so we could go see President Lyndon Baines Johnson on his way to t …

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Think

Don’t Get Me Started

Playing dirty with coal. —by John deJong You can forgive Utah’s citizens if we feel like we’ve been dry-gulched by the Coal Brothers and their hired guns. As Brian Maffly revealed …

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Don’t Get Me Started

The Altar of Intention. —by John deJong The best part of the best party in the universe isn’t about partying at all. It’s the Temple burn at Burning Man. Each year for the last fif …

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Community, Connect, Politics, Think

Don’t Get Me Started

Making way for the next big thing: The ugly side of land-banking and “economic development.”—by John deJong Some of the more interesting views of downtown Salt Lake City are from t …

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GMOs: The Right Not to Know

You might want to let your favorite U.S. senator know how you feel about the GMO anti-labeling bill sneaking its way through the Senate. —by John deJong The bill would prevent indi …

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Politics, Think

Don’t Get Me Started

Utah’s health(don’t)care system. —by John deJong The other day a friend asked me whether I thought Greg Hughes, the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, was politically mo …

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