Tag: climate change

How should we rebuild?

Jonathan Ruga is the vice-chair of the Better Utah Board. Brian Jones is director of government relations at Sentry Financial. COVID-19 has impacted our world in extraordinarily negative ways. Millions have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, many of our healthcare systems have been exposed as grossly inadequate, and broad swaths of local and

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The only personal choice that will save us

If you’ve spent any time on the internet talking or reading about climate change, then you’re likely familiar with the tired comment, “well what are YOU doing about it?! What changes are you making in your life?” *sigh* Utahns value personal choice and personal control over our own futures. A core belief in the ability

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Parenting and policy

As a working mother and a politically-minded Utahn, I spend a weird amount of time thinking about legal and government policies as I go about my day. Now, I don’t get as into the weeds as my brilliant colleagues do–one of the perks of not having the word “policy” in my title–but I do consider

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My generation’s task

As I close out my junior year of college, I have begun to get more and more “what are you doing after college?” questions. And, no, I don’t know yet. But, the question has got me thinking about not only what I am going to be doing after college, but also what many of my

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Press Release – BETTER UTAH RESPONDS TO DEFEAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE RESOLUTION

Salt Lake City, UT – The House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee voted this afternoon to reject HJR 18, “Joint Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship.” This resolution recognizes the impacts of climate change in Utah and encourages individuals, corporations, and the legislature itself to take individual and collective actions to combat those impacts.

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Just Another Manic Monday – September 19

Mondays are manic – this Monday is no different. The headlines from the past week – from the local, Utah level up to the national level – are similarly manic. The news never sleeps. Read on, friends, to see some of the highlights. *** Some Utah news… #1. Op-ed: All viable solutions to teacher shortage

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Just Another Manic Monday – September 12

Madison here – I’m back. Yes, I took last Monday off from posting because it was Labor Day and I was hard at work…hiking. Laboring, if you will. (At least laboring in my breathing.) This Manic Monday, I bring a collection of noteworthy headlines from the local, Utah level up to the national level. Gov.

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Wednesday Pick-Me-Up – August 24

Feel like that midweek pick-me-up couldn’t come sooner? Well we’re here – Wednesday Addams (otherwise known as Madison). With these cartoons it’s hard to say how much of a pick-me-up they really are, but I sincerely hope you they bring some amusement, at the very least. (…and hopefully they make you think!) *** This week,

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The silent menace: Utah’s coal ash problem

The polluting power of coal has been widely stated: burning coal produces smog, causes acid rain, contributes to climate change and contaminates water supplies. But these common facts overlook the impact of another major harmful coal byproduct: coal ash. By nature, all coal contains a certain amount of radioactive and toxic materials. As coal is

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