Category Archives: Environment

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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I’m OK. You’re … well, I’m OK

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Data still support skepticism of climate change models

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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A warmer planet needs cool-headed adaption

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Banning plastic bags: the next worthless eco-fad

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The reasonable road to a clean environment: Avoiding policy potholes

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Energy and conservative environmentalism

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Reasonable thinking on the environment

Tweet 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. … Continue reading

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Turn off the lights … why?

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Should Utah eliminate safety and emissions tests?

Tweet   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 … Continue reading

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Does Utah have enough water to support a nuclear power plant?

Tweet Yesterday, Sutherland hosted the second of three forums on nuclear energy in Utah. In this session, we discussed water requirements and water resources needed in the proposed nuclear power plant near Green River, Utah. Sutherland President Paul Mero interviewed three water … Continue reading

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Radical Environmentalism: Nature’s Worst Enemy?

Tweet In the past, radical environmentalists on the left have rarely proposed any serious solution to environmental destruction. More often than not, their “solutions” amount to little more than feel-good policies that create as many significant problems as they purport … Continue reading

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