An attempt to halt the Bush Administration’s eleventh-hour plundering of Utah’s iconic redrock canyon country has resulted in a last minute reprieve from oil and gas leasing for places like Nine Mile and Desolation Canyon, as well as other beloved public lands in Utah.
The lands contain vast numbers of historic sites, intricate fragile rock formations and countless remote canyons that symbolize the wildness of the West.
In an attempt to halt the Bush Administration’s eleventh-hour plundering of Utah’s iconic redrock canyon country, The Wilderness Society on Dec. 17 joined six other conservation groups in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the administration’s upcoming oil and natural gas lease sale.
President-elect Barack Obama announced key appointees to lead his administration's energy and environment team on Dec. 15, pledging a recommitment to sound science in solving critical issues at the intersection of economic, energy, and global warming policy.
The Wilderness Society's president, Bill Meadows, praised the selection of Steven Chu, Carol Browner, Lisa Jackson, and Nancy Sutley to lead America toward a greener future, noting that "for years our energy and environmental policy has produced pollution that lasts; now is the time to produce solutions that last.”
Some of Utah’s most beloved wild lands will be offered up to the oil and gas industry in December, courtesy of an administration that appears bent on ignoring the wishes of the public.
On Election Day, the Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM — a division of the Bush administration’s Department of Interior — announced that a Dec. 19 lease sale of state lands would include oil and gas leases near the beloved Arches and Canyonlands national parks, along with eastern Utah's Dinosaur National Monument.
The Bush administration squandered a massive opportunity and possibly set us years back when it issued its Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) today for energy corridors that will criss-cross our Western public lands carrying electricity, oil and gas. As outlined in the new plan, the corridors transportservice only fossil fuel sources such as coal, and leavinge renewable energy sources—like wind and solar—completely out of the picture.
The redrock canyon-riddled sandstone badlands of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is host to more than one million acres of rugged wild country. Few signs of modern humans can be found. Hiking through these spectacular wildlands, I have experienced the wildness that makes this region a perfect escape from the flurry of city life.
I recently had the chance to see Arctic Tale, a National Geographic documentary film geared towards children that tells the story of a young polar bear (Nanu) and walrus (Seela) from birth to adulthood. The movie touches on a few examples of how climate change is affecting these animals and pulls at the heartstrings in the process.
In one scene, Nanu’s brother collapses from hunger and exhaustion. He dies and has to be left behind as his mother and sister move on in search of food.
The Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size, stratified and eye-catching rock layers, and more than 227 river miles. Most of us have stories to tell about visiting this icon of America. Mine began at the Canyon’s edge in Arizona while camping in the Kaibab National Forest in November. We were treated to a 3 a.m. Leonid meteor storm that only arrives once a century.
French satirist Voltaire once cautioned against hasty action saying, “Burn not your house to frighten away the mice.” Pushing a scorched Earth energy policy during its last days in office, the Bush Administration is prematurely rushing toward commercial leasing and production of oil shale resources in the Rocky Mountain West. The Department of the Interior Nov.
The Bush administration released new oil shale regulations on November 18th and, true to form, put the cart before the horse. The administration has set the “rules of the road” for oil shale, which are supposed to ensure development proceeds in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Such a move not only ignores the wishes of two western governors, federal and state agency officials, local communities affected and numerous members of Congress, but places political expediency ahead of good governance.