Opinions

Saving energy

Some Utah home builders are fighting the change, but despite their objections, the Utah Legislature should adopt the latest updates to the International Energy Conservation Code. Read more...
September 9, 2010

Reforming Meat

Early in the last century, the federal government tried to create competition in the meatpacking industry by breaking up the five corporations that controlled it. The result is that four big corporations control it now: JBS, Tyson Foods, Cargill and National Beef Packing. Agriculture Secretary Tom...
September 8, 2010

BLM needs to open its planning sessions

The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming should allow the public to attend its land-use planning meetings with county commissioners and other cooperating local groups. Read more...
September 7, 2010

Removal needs to be in the wolf plan for the Bitterroot

Add our names to the list of groups in favor of U.S. Montana Fish and Wildlife officials pursuing permission under the 10(j) rule to remove wolves to protect Bitterroot ungulate populations. Read more...
September 7, 2010

Drinking water option opens Pandora's Box of issues

It's been said that having choices can make life more interesting but also more difficult. And thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's handling of the Snowbowl snowmaking permit, the Flagstaff City Council has experienced that truism in spades. Read more...
September 3, 2010

Thinking big

A nonpartisan think tank Wednesday outlined an ambitious plan to boost renewable energy development in America and placed Nevada and the West in the center of it. Read more...
September 2, 2010

Tone down the rhetoric: Ranchers will still get money for livestock losses

In criticizing Defenders of Wildlife for our announcement that we are ending our compensation program for livestock producers who lose animals to wolves, both the Idaho Statesman and Gov. Butch Otter omit some key information. Allow me to set the record straight. Read more...
September 2, 2010

Much is at stake in how dry we'll be

Folks on both sides of the debate over climate change hold strong views with almost religious fervor. Much like the dustup over whether President Obama was born in the United States or not, opinions often depend on whom you trust. Read more...
August 31, 2010

One giant step for renewable energy in Idaho

This isn’t the greenest state in America, but you can’t help but like the prospects for renewable energy in Idaho. On Tuesday, Exergy Development Group broke ground on a $500 million complex of wind farms near Hagerman, Bliss and Burley backed by global giant GE Energy Financial Service...
August 26, 2010

Ag's anger shouldn't block pipeline project

A deal between El Paso Corp. and two environmental groups to allow construction of a Wyoming-to-Oregon natural gas pipeline understandably has angered ranchers and some local elected officials across the region. Read more...
August 25, 2010
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