Mineral and Petroleum “Literacy” Act: “Balanced” curriculum?

Legislators are on the move this year to take control of Utah's education system (SJR1 and SJR9).  It seems that there are already steps being taken to write curriculum in the form of legislation. Rep. Jack Draxler, R-Logan, is pushing legislation that would require educators to "consider" adding lessons into the curriculum about energy development, … Continue reading Mineral and Petroleum “Literacy” Act: “Balanced” curriculum?

It’s that time of year again….

I am being inundated with donation solicitations from organizations as a last minute reminder to get those 2010 tax write-offs taken care of. While most of the solicitations I receive are from worthy organizations, here are my top picks, by all means not inclusive of all the great organizations out there doing wonderful things for our … Continue reading It’s that time of year again….

Still We Rise

The last day of the Utah Legislature for 2010 saw a rally by students called “Still We Rise”, a group of activists, students and community members which unveiled  a “Student Bill of Rights.” (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)Rally Statement:“We the Communities take back the power to declare our inalienable rights that have been … Continue reading Still We Rise

Utah Citizens Organize “Clean Air” Rally

There will be a “Rally for Clean Air”  on the Steps on the South Side of the Utah State Capitol, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 3-4pm.  The rally will be an effort to get legislators to reconsider their positions on HJR 12 Climate Change Resolution and HJR 21 Joint Resolution on Energy Policy.  Organizer Drew … Continue reading Utah Citizens Organize “Clean Air” Rally

The Heat is On: Utah’s House Votes to Withdraw from Western Climate Initiave

Utah’s House yesterday voted to support HJR21 Joint Resolution on Energy Policy, which calls for Utah to withdraw from Climate Change Initiative. Initially the Resolution used words like  “conspiracy”, claiming that efforts were afoot to manipulate climate change data. Solve Climate, a publication on daily climate news and anaylsis, reports on action by Utah’s lawmakers: … Continue reading The Heat is On: Utah’s House Votes to Withdraw from Western Climate Initiave

Legislators Continue to Ignore Climate Change

Utah’s legislators are continuing to raise the temperature on Climate Change issues, putting Utah in the spotlight on environmental issues.KSL TV has a video piece on yesterday’s vote here. The Salt Lake Tribune reported  today: In a 4-2 vote over the objections of critics — including former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and a … Continue reading Legislators Continue to Ignore Climate Change

HJR12 Heats Up

The heat is on with the Climate Change Joint Resolution (HJR12).  A message from a newly formed Facebook group of citizens against this resolution, which had organized a rally of 300 people for Friday at 2pm,  came out with this news and call to action:It looks like those on the hill in support of HJR12 … Continue reading HJR12 Heats Up

HJR12: It’s getting hot, hot, hot…..

The controversy about Global Warming continues amongst Utah’s Legislators with HJR12, Climate Change Joint Resolution which passed the Utah House yesterday 56-17.  The Resolution will now go to the Senate for review. Here are some gems reported in the Deseret News: Sponsor Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, a dairy farmer….said some argue that if the Environmental … Continue reading HJR12: It’s getting hot, hot, hot…..

Lawmakers claim global warming is “conspiracy”

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)Utah must look really crazy to the world right now.  Members of  a House committee passed a non-binding resolution to keep federal global warming laws out of the state. ksl.com has posted a piece on the action today: KSL.com on Utah Legislature view on climate change The committee plans to take the … Continue reading Lawmakers claim global warming is “conspiracy”

Snake Valley Water Agreement: On hold, but not dead – Speak out!

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)Last week we reported on the impending signing of the  Snake Water Valley Agreement by Utah’s Governer Herbert.  The agreement would have given the go-ahead for a multi-billion dollar pipeline that would have allowed 50,000 acre-feet to be drawn from the Snake Valley Aquifer. It now appears that Nevada’s Supreme Court … Continue reading Snake Valley Water Agreement: On hold, but not dead – Speak out!