Tag Archives: environment

Feeling pushed by lands ‘poll’? Sutherland Soapbox, 10/21/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.   For those who have ever wondered what a “push poll” looks like, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that’s … Continue reading

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Carl Graham in the Heritage Insider: The West’s Fight for Self-Government

The federal government owns nearly half of all land west of Nebraska, and it is increasingly using that ownership to cut Western states off from the natural resources and tax bases they need to take care of themselves. National polls show … Continue reading

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Trouble in the West

The “green-über-alles” crowd has Utah and our neighbors in its sights. For instance, take this editorial from a Montana newspaper (republished by Utah.Politico.Hub), “Big Trouble in Big Sky Country.” This “big trouble” – referring to tactics used by radical environmentalists … Continue reading

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Whether by fire or blade, ‘green’ energy is killing birds – Sutherland Perspective, 8/26/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. My grandpa had an old saying: “Nothing’s free, and nothing’s priceless.” That sounds a little cynical, but it’s true. Everything has a cost, … Continue reading

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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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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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Fracking is good for Utah

So what’s all the fuss about fracking? Its most vocal opponents charge that fracking will burn your water, pollute your air, and cause the very ground to shift beneath you. The oil and gas industry, and many of those who … 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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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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Capitol Daily Video: Gov. Herbert announces UCAIR initiative

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced today an educational and partnership effort to encourage Utahns to change their habits voluntarily to reduce air pollution across the state.     Watch this video report to learn more about the governor’s initiative … Continue reading

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Radical Environmentalism: Nature’s Worst Enemy?

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 to … Continue reading

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