Episode #85: Ralph Becker, former Mayor of Salt Lake City

Matt and Ralph have a wide-ranging chat about politics and governing. The former mayor offers strong opinions on the role that Salt Lake Tribune coverage played in his 2015 electoral defeat to current mayor Jackie Biskupski (relevant stories here and here.) He also expresses sharp concerns about the policies and …

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Sen. Hatch & Clean Air: Blucch

Nearly all the news from Washington is alarming, but in the environmental domain new developments are particularly dreary. President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cuts to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget is dangerous, and will have a particularly negative impact on the state of Utah. The administration has …

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OP-ED: It’s just false to say environmental rules kill jobs

By Ashley Soltysiak Published by the Salt Lake Tribune, Jun 24 2017 Amid fierce debate, the federal Environmental Protection Agency strengthened national ozone pollution standards in 2015. The move was billed by industry as one of the most expensive environmental regulations ever proposed, while public health and environmental advocacy groups …

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Episode #84: Royal DeLegge, Director of Environmental Health at Salt Lake County Health Department

Matt chats with Royal about his efforts on behalf of Salt Lake County to improve air quality and to work on climate change for the sake of public health. Royal discusses his involvement with the Utah Clean Cities Coalition to provide alternative fuel options and promote non-idling practices, as well …

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OP-ED: Given the harm it would cause, the Bear River Project shouldn’t be an option

BY HEATHER DOVE and DEBORAH DRAIN the Standard-Examiner, June 20th 2017 Great Salt Lake Audubon appreciates Rep. Stephen Handy’s service to the community and his concerns about water availability for a growing population. However, we do not agree with his conclusion that the Bear River diversion is needed. We disagree for …

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NEWS: Wasatch Front hits first mandatory pollution action of year

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: June 7, 2017  As temperatures sizzled toward triple digits Wednesday, the Utah Division of Air Quality issued its first mandatory action alert of the year, urging people to refrain from driving if possible and for sensitive populations to reduce outdoor exertion. The mandatory action was in …

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