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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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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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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NEWS: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate accord draws mixed Utah reaction

By BRIAN MAFFLY, EMMA PENROD and BENJAMIN WOOD The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 01 2017 03:00PM President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from participation in the Paris climate accord, announced Thursday, drew a wide-ranging and mixed reaction from Utahns. Echoing views voiced earlier by Utah Sens. Mike …

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NEWS: Utah reactions to Paris climate change departure mixed

By Dennis Romboy and Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: June 1, 2017. Clean air advocates, Salt Lake City’s mayor and coal critics decried President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the Paris climate change agreement, but his move brought praise by the state’s GOP senators. “I look forward …

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NEWS: President Trump reverses clean power initiative, coal moratorium

The Salt Lake Tribune By THOMAS BURR Published Mar 28 2017   Washington • President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive orders reversing the Obama administration’s efforts to curtail carbon emissions as well as open up more federal tracts for coal mining — moves celebrated in rural Utah as promoting …

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