Environews: October 2018

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No grizzly hunt, for now Just two days before the scheduled start, a federal judge temporarily halted plans to hunt grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area. The Trump administration had stripped endangered species protection from Yellowstone grizzlies as a favor to wealthy trophy hunters. Wyoming and Idaho had already issued hunting licenses for grizzlies […]

Environews: Hunting in Bear River Bird Refuge?

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to change rules at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in order to open 13,000 acres to hunting.  The change would mean hunting is allowed in 40% of the Refuge. The priorities of national wildlife refuges and national park service areas are now  to promote hunting, fishing […]

Environews: Judge Rules Against Coal Ban

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A federal judge has ruled that the city of Oakland, California cannot prevent a private company from developing a port for coal export. In 2016, the Utah Legislature offered to contribute $53 million to the Oakland port in order to export Utah coal to Asia. Utah has also joined a lawsuit trying to force Washington […]

Mia Love wins climate prize

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Mia Love (R-UT-4) has received a Climate Leadership Award from Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) for “extraordinary leadership and bold commitment to environmental stewardship.” In January, Love joined the Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group with equal membership of Democrats and Republicans and a mission to foster bipartisan discussion towards better climate policies. Her decision […]

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Shall We Dance? Why You Should Vote ‘YES’ for the ZAP Tax

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Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 4! It’s particularly important because mid-term elections—the kind without any presidential candidates and all the attendant hoopla—tend to favor more radically partisan candidates. Essentially, the fanatics all turn out to vote, and the moderate voters all stay home. Some great candidates this year are running for local, state […]

When Mormon Patriarchs Tremble

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Patriarchal Panic (pey-tree-ahr-kuhl pan-ik): noun; the phenomenon of male religious leaders loosing their shit every time a woman gently advocates for ecclesiastical equality. To my knowledge, the term was first coined by Mormon heretic, Sonja Johnson. She was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December of 1979. Her crime? Organizing […]

Action Camp!

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As a longtime activist I did not expect to be blown away by the Canyon Country Action Camp held for a week in July at Swasey’s Beach in Green River. The purpose of the week-long event was to empower and educate people to become regional organizers and leaders in the fight for climate justice and […]

 
 
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