NEWS: Solar jobs growth hot in Utah, more than twice national average

Deseret News Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: February 7, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — A new report shows Utah’s solar industry was sizzling hot last year, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate — growing 65 percent from 2015 to 2016. Nationwide, 1 in every 50 jobs created …

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NEWS: Amid nasty inversion, Utah Legislature outlines clean air initiatives

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Published: Feb. 2, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, said the Utah Legislature’s clean air caucus couldn’t have picked a better, or worse, day Thursday to announce a number of clean air initiatives — a day when the state was …

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NEWS: Clean air advocates detail 19-point plan to attack Utah’s pollution problem

Deseret News Published January 17, 2017 By: Amy Joi O’Donoghue SALT LAKE CITY — Advocates are recommending a 19-point proposal to Utah leaders if they want to get serious about conquering the state’s nagging pollution problem, including an outright ban on all two-stroke, gas-powered lawn equipment, statewide emissions testing for …

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NEWS: Utah counties determined to find port for coal

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News June 27, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s coal country does not believe a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council prohibiting port access for its coal puts the state’s hope for an export terminal in the dust. Developers of the terminal at the site …

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Op-Ed: We can go from fossil-fuel muck into the sunshine

Naomi Franklin The Salt Lake Tribune May 17 2016 When a majority of faculty senators voted to have the University of Utah move away from investments in the fossil fuel industry, a weight began to be lifted from Utah’s long-standing commitment to the business of extracting fossil fuels from our …

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A Terrible Wednesday for Clean Air and Clean Energy

It’s been a rough couple days. Actually, to be more accurate, it was a rough Wednesday afternoon. First, a state regulatory panel refused to even take public comment on the Air Quality ruleswe had worked on for over a year, killing them. And then a legislative committee advanced a last-minute …

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A BIG week for Air Quality in Utah (And What You Can Do!)

An important email on a very busy day. We’re in the next-to-last week of the Legislative session, with the fate of nearly every bill up in the air. And this Wednesday, the Air Quality Board will take its first vote on several critically important rules that HEAL and our allies …

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NEWS: The battle over coal struggles to find a middle ground

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 5:45 p.m. Updated: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 11:03 a.m. ALTON, Kane County — Gary Kalpakoff has a great view from his front porch on 100 South in this little town full of “Whoa” signs, not just stop signs. Life moves at …

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NEWS: Opponents of coal production say there is a better way

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Monday, Aug. 31 2015 6:25 p.m. HUNTINGTON, Emery County — As the number of workers who mine coal across the United States continues to dwindle as mines close under the weight of environmental scrutiny, so go the power plants that feed on the coal. The …

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