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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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: Solar energy is killing coal, despite Trump’s promises

By Matt Egan CNN, June 20th Trump has taken steps to ease the burden on coal country by ripping up environmental rules and pledging to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. But those deregulatory steps do little to offset the mounting long-term challenge that coal faces from cleaner forms …

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NEWS: Coal Market Set To Collapse Worldwide By 2040 As Solar And Wind Dominate

By Alexander C. Kaufman Huffington Post, 6/16/17 Coal-fired power is on pace to collapse in the United States and Europe over the next two decades, and will peak worldwide in nine years, according to a long-term forecast released on Thursday. Solar and wind energy, meanwhile, will dominate over the next …

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Op-ed: Rooftop solar systems actually offer more benefits than costs

By Ralph Ferrara For the Deseret News Several years ago, my wife and I decided to invest in a rooftop solar system. Even though we have a modest income, I wanted to do my part to make sure the world was going to be as healthy and sustainable as possible. …

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