Category Archives: Environment

Listing sage grouse as endangered would be ‘the worst thing for it’

By Carl Graham and Brian Seasholes Add one more potential victim to the catalog of high-profile species likely to be harmed by the Endangered Species Act. The sage grouse, a large ground-dwelling bird that inhabits 165 million acres in nine … Continue reading

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Thanks to Utah leaders for careful approach on climate politics

In “Herbert Catching Heat for Climate Change Stance,” (July 7, 2014, Utah Policy Daily), Bryan Schott shares the observation that “half of the nation’s Republican governors are climate change deniers, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.” To which an appropriate response … Continue reading

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Podcast: the states vs. the feds on public lands

Listen to Carl Graham, director of Sutherland’s Coalition for Self-Government in the West, in a podcast about control and use of public lands. Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, Donald J. Kochan of Chapman University School of Law, and David Garbett … Continue reading

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Am I the only one skeptical of projections for 36 years from now?

You may have seen recent news coverage about a report projecting that Utah’s population will double by the year 2050. On the heels of this reporting, some voices have been calling for “smart growth” policies to preserve quality of life … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with Utah’s air quality?

A 2013 survey found that 78 percent of Utahns think our air is worse today than it was 20 years ago. While we certainly do seem to have a lot more bad air days lately, the number of official red … Continue reading

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I’m OK. You’re … well, I’m OK

According to census data, six of the 10 highest-income counties in the United States are within commuting distance of Washington, D.C. In fact, 13 of the 30 richest counties in the nation form a continuous circle around the hallowed halls … Continue reading

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Surprise! CO2 is projected to generate $9.8 trillion in benefits

Here are three important numbers for you: 140, 3.2, and 9.8. The first number is the number of billions of dollars ($140B) in benefit that carbon dioxide added to global crop production in 2011. The second is how many trillions … Continue reading

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Data still support skepticism of climate change models

For years, Sutherland Institute has encouraged policymakers to maintain a healthy skepticism – a scientific skepticism, even – of theoretical climate projections based on man-made climate models. This skepticism is warranted based on the fact that actual, observed data (especially … Continue reading

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A warmer planet needs cool-headed adaption

Just for a moment, let’s set aside the war over “global warming.” Whether you blame humans, cows, the sun, the natural cycles of the earth, or hot air from politicians for the planet’s temperature, let’s just look at the options … Continue reading

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Banning plastic bags: the next worthless eco-fad

Recently, a conservative blog wrote about how the Los Angeles city council is expected to ban single-use plastic bags – such as those used by grocery stores – in the city. According to city officials, as reported in a Los … Continue reading

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The reasonable road to a clean environment: Avoiding policy potholes

In addition to energy development, transportation policy is another illustration of the damage that radical environmental thinking does to people’s lives and the hope that conservative environmentalism brings for crafting reasonable solutions to environmental problems. And no area illustrates radical … Continue reading

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Energy and conservative environmentalism

How we think about the environment and human beings’ place in it can dramatically impact people’s lives through public policy. This becomes evident when it comes to energy development and regulation. Radical environmental thinking – which values the existence of … Continue reading

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Reasonable thinking on the environment

This is the first of four blog posts dedicated to environmental issues for this week, as Earth Day will be this Sunday, April 22. The following is based on a Sutherland paper titled Getting the Environment Right: Conservative Environmentalism. The … Continue reading

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Turn off the lights … why?

This weekend, many environmental activists are urging people worldwide to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The purpose of this effort is to “send[] a powerful message for action … Continue reading

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Should Utah eliminate safety and emissions tests?

  Representative John Dougall (R-Dist. 27) wants to pass a bill in the 2012 legislative session that would eliminate safety inspections entirely and loosen requirements for emissions testing. He argues that these requirements are unnecessary for many cars and do … Continue reading

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