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Green machinery
There is good news and bad news on the road to renewable energy. In Utah, where fossil fuels are king, anything away from the coal mines sounds great. President Biden, whose record on climate change has been mixed – at best – issued an executive order to “accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, particularly solar components”, the Desert News reported. Obama-era tariffs on components produced in China have thrown the industry into chaos during the global supply chain debacle. A tariff evasion investigation has further delayed imports and at least five major solar projects in Utah. Switching to renewables is a tough sell, even if it was only a few years ago nearly two dozen cities had committed to going fully renewable. Now many have backed off, primarily fearing implementation costs, according to Energy Wire.

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Where’s the beef?
Drought takes no prisoners. As lawmakers ponder channeling ocean water to the Great Salt Lake, the Federal Bureau of Land Management and Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) want to drill water wells near the monument National Bears Ears Because Livestock Are Suffering. The idea, according to The Salt Lake Grandstand, is to move livestock to the new wells. But Laura Welp of the Western Watersheds Project says this will only degrade more land. She wants more riders on the range to move the animals. Other concerns include drawing water from springs and other wells, thus encouraging more livestock. There are 23 wells already approved, and the public can comment on more until June 24. Nobody wants to see the poor cows die, but maybe it’s not growing the industry?

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Just let them teach
If you’re old enough, you might remember taking civics classes in high school. If you’re from a newer generation, Utah likes to think of civics as teaching kids to be nice. Maybe a little more than nice, but it’s really about “values” rather than facts. “Some teachers in Utah fear repercussions if they teach basic civics content, skills, and dispositions,” a UVU scholar wrote in the Desert News.Education Then put it in partisan terms. The “left and right were divided on whether a ‘common’ set of values ​​could be fully identified and so universally accepted as to warrant a place in civics education”. Meanwhile, adults in Utah can’t even tell you what’s in the First Amendment or what the three branches of government are. It is not possible to codify values, but it should be possible to teach civic education.

Mary Cashion

The author Mary Cashion