Environmental movement’s strong hold on Utah and the West: “It all ends now”

I’m sure many people don’t quite realize what this election has done to the environmental movement in Utah and throughout the United States. Prior to the election, the movement has had a free reign of terror and a choking strong holding on the western states as well as the rest of the United States. But on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the bullies were stopped. Tuesday will go down in history as the day they were handed their hat and asked to leave the party. Their control and power ended with…

Sutherland Institute: Public lands compromise is a win for conservation

By Matthew Anderson There is a process to producing sound public policy in America. It begins with lively debate, where essential values are articulated and the free exchange of ideas reigns supreme, and it culminates in principled compromise. Both competition and cooperation are necessary parts of this process. Without various interests posturing to present the best arguments in favor of their position, an elected body cannot fully explore the issue, and public policy will be left wanting. Once arguments and opinions have been exhausted, principled compromise comes into play, making…

Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative is only a smoke screen

The Public Lands Initiative (PLI) will consolidate State lands into energy corridors, create new wilderness, and national conservation areas.  It’s being marketed as the bill to end all land disputes. There has been several thousand public meetings according to those promoting the PLI  in order to build it from the bottom up.  Congressman Bishop and Chaffetz know that not everyone will be happy but during an interview on “Inside Utah”  they said this bill is a good thing for Utah.   Governor Herbert made a statement that the people that…