Issue Section: Environews

Environews: Salt Lake City & Climate Change

If you think it feels warmer than it used to be, you’re right. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2017 was the third hottest year since 1880 wh …

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Environews: Conservation in the West poll, 2018

Colorado College has released their 8th annual “Conservation in the West” Poll for 2018. The poll asks voters in eight western states including Utah for opinions about conservation …

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Environews: Breathing Stories

Just in time for the 2018 Utah Legislature General Session, Torrey House Press published a chapbook called Breathing Stories: Utah Voices for Clean Air (see CATALYST, January 2018 …

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Environews: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Utah prairie dog case

Utah prairie dogs have fended off an existential threat and will not be going to the Supreme Court after all. The furry, cute and highly social animals were at the center of a laws …

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Environews: Trump puts migratory birds at risk

Great Salt Lake migratory birds have less protection after the Trump Administration issued a radical re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that lets industry k …

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Environews: Bears Ears update

Navajo president Russel Begaye has asked Utah congressman John Curtis (R-UT-3) to withdraw a bill he introduced that would permanently reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monume …

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Environews: Herbert proposes gas taxes for transit

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s FY 2019 Budget Recommendation calls for “flexibility to use Transportation Investment Funds (TIF) for all modes of transportation.” This would represen …

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Environews: Cliven Bundy off the hook (for now)

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy received a “get out of jail free” card when a federal judge declared a mistrial after federal prosecutors failed to turn over evidence relevant to the c …

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Environews: Bears Ears undone for uranium

Journalists at the New York Times have uncovered persuasive evidence that Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument was downsized specifically to accommodate uranium mining. An article p …

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Environews: “Local control” a sneaky strategy to kill environmental protection

Republican politicians and the Trump Administration are trying a particularly sneaky strategy to undermine conservation land management and environmental protections by promising “ …

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Environews: Beware! Utah Legislature in Session

The 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature runs from January 22 to March 8, 2018. Here’s what you need to do: 1) find out who represents you and know how to contact them http …

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Environews: Methane rule delayed

Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. Oil and gas fields commonly vent methane into the air. A 2016 Methane Rule to stop the practice survived Trum …

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Environews: Lake Powell Pipeline public comments due 2/16

The Lake Powell Pipeline water boondoggle moved forward in December when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved an environmental review for the 140-mile-long water proje …

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Environews: Curtis tries to sabotage Bears Ears

Utah’s newest member of Congress has already jumped on the anti-public lands bandwagon. In December, John Curtis (R-UT-3, replacing Jason Chaffetz who stepped down in June 2017) sp …

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Environews: Stewart Proposes Fake National Park

In an effort to block lawsuits seeking to restore the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) has introduced a bill to crea …

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