Monthly Archives: May 2011

Burning Coal and Mercury Contamination in Utah Waterways

Follow-up to Memorial Day, 2011 In a Salt Lake Tribune article published May 4th of 2011, Brett Prettyman writes about the problem of mercury contamination in Utah fisheries. In the article, John Whitehead, assistant director of the Division of Water … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2011: Camping, Fishing and Contaminated Fish in Utah

The Poisoning of Utah’s Fisheries It is Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend here in Utah, and Salt Lake City is almost a ghost town. This is the big weekend in our state when summer officially starts, and people in … Continue reading

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Dr. E. O. Wilson and NASCAR

THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE MOST UNUSUAL POST YOU WILL EVER FIND ON MY BLOG At the risk of heaping scorn on myself as a professor who teaches sustainable urban planning at the University of Utah, and blogs here about … Continue reading

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Facing the End of Cheap Oil Production

More bad news for future gas prices at the pump, and for the increased price for production of everything we eat and use, came from an unexpected source this morning. In what I consider surprising news coverage, The Wall Street … Continue reading

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No Virginia, There Isn’t An Unlimited Supply of Oil in Our Planet

On September 21, 1897, in response to a letter he received from a little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon, newsman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote the now famous editorial known as, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Never had the New … Continue reading

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The Troubling Dynamic of Climate Change Denial Part 2

For me, the most disturbing aspect of current climate change denial, is that for some, it opens an exit door from the arena of responsible energy use. It seems the argument or logic goes something like this: If climate change … Continue reading

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The Troubling Dynamic of Climate Change Denial in Utah

There is a disturbing editorial in a recent USA Today edition, on how some members of Congress, most of them Republicans  (for political reasons no doubt) , deny the now universally accepted science of climate change around our planet. These … Continue reading

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Fracking: One Too Many Red Flags

When we see the smiling face in a natural gas commercial, that should be our first red flag. When we stop to consider the chemical composition of fracking drilling fluid compounds, we should see another. When we look at photos … Continue reading

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