Utah Wilderness News – January 14, 2010

SUWA fights in court to prevent road giveaways to counties

"Environmentalists
say they can't rely on government lawyers to safeguard Kane County's
backcountry.
That's why
an attorney representing the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness
Society and the Sierra Club went Wednesday to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
and asserted that conservation groups should have a seat at the table when Kane
County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management decide the fate of more than a
dozen roads that cross wilderness-quality public lands."  Read More – Salt Lake Tribune

Choices between large-scale renewable utilities and conservation on public lands play out in California

"It's easy to see why Schwarzenegger thought it was possible. Earlier
that year, oilman T. Boone Pickens characterized the Southwest U.S. as
the Saudi Arabia of solar power, offering the choicest elevation and
sun strength in the world for optimal power generation. On that, everyone agreed. Where to put the solar panels continues to be a different story."  Read More – Newsweek

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