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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Congressman Jim Matheson replaces the natural gas fuel pump after refueling a NGV with the help of the car's owner during a press conference in April, 2011, to promote legislation that would give tax credits and incentives to NGV production and refueling stations.
Editorials: Protecting the land, the water and the air ...

- Wasatch wilderness: Action needed to protect watershed - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Rep. Jim Matheson has a goal to protect critical watershed in the Wasatch canyons above the Salt Lake Valley, and to that end has resurrected wilderness-designation legislation that ignited intense debate in 2010. ...

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... The Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act (H.R. 4267) represents the first major Wasatch Front watershed protection effort since the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984. The sensitive Wasatch canyons watershed produces the best quality water available to communities along the Front.

As the population of the Salt Lake Valley continues to swell — the Wasatch Front is expected to grow by 1.4 million people over the coming 30 years — this source of relatively clean water will become even more valuable. The alternatives to supply the burgeoning population would be costly recycling of water and extreme conservation measures. ...

- Climate change: SLC right to urge federal action - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Climate change should be a matter of science, not politics. But only changes in public policy, which is often determined by political ideology, can reduce the human-caused warming that is threatening ecosystems around the globe. ...

... That’s why it’s important that Salt Lake City is supporting a growing movement among cities to urge President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to invoke the Clean Air Act to place limits on carbon emissions. The City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker collaborated on a resolution urging the federal agency to "swiftly employ and enforce" the act. ...

... Voluntary efforts supported by Gov. Gary Herbert are largely meaningless. Federal action under the Clean Air Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court has authorized, is our best hope.

- Regulatory rules ever changing - Helena Independent-Record Editorial

... Nothing lasts forever, and an ever-changing legal, political and social climate will place differing levels of emphasis on differing amounts of regulation. We hope future lawmakers will take the threat of uncertainty into account when they consider either tightening or loosening regulations on industry.

- Proposal to sell public land must be derailed - Fort Collins Coloradoan Editorial

... These proposals could be considered laughable if they didn't have such serious consequences. The state of Utah already passed a similar law and Arizona is considering one, too. ...

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