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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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(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) SITLA has agreed to delay its controversial decision to open roadless parts of Utah's Book Cliffs to oil exploration.
Editorial Sampler: Oil and water (and wind and CNG) ...

- Oil and water: Tar mine needs more oversight - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

A Utah administrative law judge has bought the argument of a tar sands mining company that there’s no need to protect or monitor the water that might be affected by a proposed operation in the Book Cliffs area of the state because, well, there isn’t any.

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Water, that is.

It is a frighteningly shortsighted decision.

There are few places on Earth where there is no water. (We’re not even completely sure yet that there isn’t any on Mars, for goodness’ sake.) [Read the rest ...]

- A dry season - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... People need to conserve water for the benefit of the community. A little conservation exercised by a lot of people can provide some remedy for the ailing water health of our community.

- A rational compromise on Alaska oil reserve - Los Angeles Times Editorial

Opening up too much of the Alaska reserve, whose oil deposits have been vastly overestimated, would not solve the nation’s long-term energy demands.

- Disturbing news on climate change - Denver Post Editorial

Dangers of a warming planet have caught the public’s attention, but they are underplayed in campaigns.

- A record melt in Artic - Eugene Register-Guard Editorial

Time for Obama, Romney to discuss climate change

- As Exergy hits hard times, an ill wind blows - Idaho Statesman Editorial

- Incentives needed to build more CNG pumps in Wyo - Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

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