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Pundits of the West: Land, air and fuel ...

First Published      Last Updated Jun 11 2014 02:19 pm

Opinion writers in newspapers across the American West today hold forth on public lands, fossil fuels and clean (or not) air.

No end in sight in Utah wilderness battle — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... The separation between rhetoric and reality has been a hallmark of the half-century of wrangling over BLM wilderness lands in Utah. On one side are environmentalists raising money on both coasts by telling people the bulldozers and drill rigs are ready to start ripping through America's treasures. On the other side are the industry-funded lobbyists and PR machines that insist the feds have locked up America's prosperity. Both sides are overselling. ..."

AG's Office Tells Eager Lawmakers Takeover of Public Lands a Tough Case to Win — Curtis Haring | Utah Political Capitol

Poll: Hispanics Support Protecting Public Lands — Bryan Schott | Utah Policy

GOP: Go to Moscow, Come Back to Reality — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News Editorial

[That's Moscow, Idaho, where the Idaho Republican Convention is about to happen.]

" ... Put plainly, the 'establishment vs. tea party' spat is destroying Idaho. That's the problem with a one-party state. If the dominant party goes off the rails, the entire thing falls down.

"Idaho's GOP is too busy arguing about the important stuff, like mounting a losing defense of 'traditional' marriage or spending mountains of cash on a doomed-but-pandering bid to somehow 'take back' federal lands that Idaho never actually owned. ..."

Nevada being denied right to join energy boom — Anastasia Swearingen | For The Las Vegas Review-Journal

"A radical environmental group is trying to block Nevadans from accessing untapped energy potential on their own lands. The Center for Biological Diversity recently lodged a formal complaint against the Bureau of Land Management over an upcoming lease sale in Nevada that would unlock some of the state's valuable energy resources. If history is any guide, the BLM will be happy to oblige. ..."

Promote alternative fuels while they're young — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

" ... Now lawmakers are again considering taxing fuels that hardly get any use yet, such as butane, hydrogen and electricity. We think doing so is premature. Since they're just emerging, we think it's too soon to rain down taxes on their use. ..."

A win-win solution for global warming — Cher Gilmore | For The Los Angeles Daily News

"One of the arguments most used to oppose addressing the urgent problem of global warming by cutting carbon emissions has been that any plan to move us away from fossil fuels would cause massive job losses and hurt the economy.

"Now, a new study by Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) lays that oft-repeated myth to rest. ...

Gov. Sam Brownback's fairy tale about President Obama and the EPA — Kansas City Star Editorial

"Gov. Sam Brownback thinks he knows who's to blame for rising electricity costs in Kansas. It's the 'excessive regulation of Obama's EPA.'

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