NEWS: Utah among the most toxic states, report says

Jasen Lee Deseret News 11/09/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ranks among the highest producers of toxic chemicals in the United States, according to data and information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Forbes.com report shows that the Beehive State was No. 3 behind only Alaska and Nevada in …

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Episode #97: Bob Archibald & Mary Ellen Navas, HEAL Utah Board Co-Chairs

Bob and Mary Ellen, longtime HEAL board members, talk about how they first became involved in the organization. They describe how the group’s work shifted over the years, from primarily a focus on nuclear waste issues to multiple campaigns of which nuclear now is a relatively small part. Matt asks them about …

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Episode #96: Chip Ward, Stony Mesa Sagas & HEAL’s Fall Party

Matt talks to Chip about his new novel, Stony Mesa Sagas, which will be released by Torrey House Press on November 14th. Chip describes the plot and characters for the novel, which is a mix of genres and about the West and environmentalism. Chip said his first novel, after two acclaimed non-fiction books, was …

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Episode #95: Julie Stewart, Professor At Westminster College

Julie Stewart, a Westminster honors college professor, joins Matt in a conversation about research she and her students did about Utah rooftop solar owners. Julie, an award-winning scholar and teacher who happens to also be Matt’s wife, describes the 200+ online surveys and 60+ interviews her team did to learn about …

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Episode #94: David Roberts, Vox.com Journalist

Matt chats with David, one of the most important writers today on energy, climate and the environment, about several of his recent columns in the online news outlet Vox. First, they tackle “radical flank effects,” about whether more radical forms of activism are useful to broader movements. Next, they discuss renewable portfolio standards, a …

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Episode #93: Author Geoff Dembicki, Asks “Are We Screwed?”

Vancouver-based journalist, Geoff Dembicki, joins Matt in the studio to chat about his new book, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change. Geoff explains he remains hopeful despite the current political moment, hostile to positive policy developments on climate change. His optimism is based, the …

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NEWS: Energy efficiency savings may drop in the future

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News 10/08/2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Even as residential energy use continues to drop across the six states serviced by PacifiCorp, the utility company predicts that over the long-term, energy efficiency savings won’t be as big of a factor. That scenario concerns clean energy advocates, …

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NEWS: Op-ed: Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day by keeping up the momentum in Utah

Kevin Emerson and Kenner Kingston Deseret News 10/04/2017 Today is Energy Efficiency Day, a nationwide day to recognize and celebrate this abundant, cost-effective energy resource. Energy efficiency is a Utah ethic and a priority for our state. As a community, we save money and use energy resources wisely when we …

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NEWS: Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” Herbert said at …

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