Environews: In memorium Susan Tixier, a truly Great Old Broad

By Amy Brunvand

Environmental news from around the state and the West.
by Amy Brunvand

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In memorium Susan Tixier, a truly Great Old Broad

Wilderness activist Susan Tixier died on October 8, 2015 at the age of 73. Tixier founded the group Great Old Broads for Wilderness in 1989 after Utah Senator Orrin Hatch claimed that elderly people can not access wilderness areas without roads. As Tixier wrote on her blog, “Several of us took umbrage and decided the honorable senator from Utah, as well as others in Congress, should hear from some Great Old Broads for Wilderness about how we felt about roads in wild places.”

Nowadays Great Old Broads is a national organization that engages and ignites the activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.


More December Environews:

Land and Water Conservation Fund “reform” a bad idea

As Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) continued his attack on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 50-year-old program that dedicates royalties from offshore oil and gas production to purchase new public lands for recreation and wildlife

Tribes support Bears Ears; Gov. Herbert waffles

In October the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition traveled to Washington, DC to ask President Obama to designate a 1.9 million acre National Monument on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County, Utah

Clean energy future for Utah?

In 2008 the Utah Legislature established a goal for 20% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025. However, the Utah Chapter Sierra Club reports that Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) is proposing a long-term plan that includes no significant utility investment in geothermal, hydropower, solar or wind power generation facilities in Utah

UTA receives Green Business Awards

In November, Salt Lake County voters turned down Proposition 1 which would have raised sales taxes in order to improve Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus and rail service

Oil refinery to pay fines

The Holly Refinery in Woods Cross was found to be in violation of the federal Clean Air Act

This article was originally published on December 2, 2015.