Western Editorial Sampler: Conservation Edition ...
Published: September 28, 2012 11:42AM
Updated: September 28, 2012 11:47AM
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File | The Salt Lake Tribune Rancher Dean Baker, left, and Snake Valley resident Gary Perea fix a banner on a bucket protesting a plan to pump water from the valley's aquifer.

Conservation: Water. Gas. Energy. Privacy:

— Water madness: Drought warns against Vegas pipe — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Far western Utah is suffering its driest year ever. The current drought is another warning that a scheme by Las Vegas-area water managers to pump vast quantities of ground water from wells in eastern Nevada to Sin City is an environmental disaster in the making. ...

— Go slow on allowing natural gas exports — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

— Conserve, baby, conserve — Eugene Register-Guard Editorial

Nation’s energy policy should focus on saving it

— Privacy, technology face off again — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

The tension between new technology and individual privacy is as old as Silicon Valley. Each advance that allows or impels us to share information or seek windows into others’ lives is scary at first. Often the fears blow over as benefits become clear -- but there will be limits to the degree that privacy and civil liberties will be given up, and individuals should have a right to make the choice for themselves. ...

— Judge’s ruling could not have come at better time — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

For a state that talks so much about freedom, there seems to be a disturbing trend in state courts curtailing the freedom of information. ...