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Published April 10, 2012 3:48 pm

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- Right way to drill: Collaboration benefits all parties - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

There are drilling projects for gas and oil that have followed a responsible development outline so that environmental concerns are aired and addressed. And then there is the other kind.The Anadarko Greater Natural Buttes expansion project is one of the former. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will approve the Anadarko plan to sink 3,675 wells in eastern Utah's Uinta Basin. The company has promised to use emission controls on all its gas field equipment, and it will stay out of a potential canyon wilderness area on the White River. ...

- Drilling rigs producing optimism - Topeka (Kan.) Daily Capitol Editorial

While there's probably never a bad time for an oil boom in Kansas, the one producers are expecting in the south-central part of our state comes at an especially opportune time. ...

- Water wise: Prepare for climate change - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The Natural Resources Defense Council charges that Utah is behind the curve in planning for drought due to climate change. State water officials say that's baloney. We believe the truth lies somewhere in between. Utah has done some good planning and is pushing water conservation. But it could do more, and it would help if extremists in the Legislature would quit passing resolutions that climate change is a scientific hoax. It's not.The NRDC is a private environmental organization. It has written a report ranking the states by how they are planning to deal with climate change. Utah falls in the worst category. ...... Ever since Jon Huntsman stepped down as governor, Utah state government has been backpedaling on climate change. We blame his successor, Gary Herbert, for that, as well as legislators who act as though climate-change science were some kind of communist plot against free enterprise and the American way of life. In 2011, the state withdrew from the Western Climate Initiative. ...... What Utah should not do is rely on the Colorado River for more water, as the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline would do. Instead, Utah must redouble its conservation efforts, drastically reduce lawn watering and divert more water from agriculture to urban use.

- Tackling belief is the key to overcoming climate change scepticism - Adam Corner, The Guardian

... in studies that have asked who is sceptical about climate change and why, we find not a story about scientific ignorance, but a link between social attitudes, cultural beliefs and climate change scepticism. The evidence is starkest in the US , but similar patterns are found elsewhere too: older, white, conservative men tend to be more sceptical about climate change. ...