Utah Wilderness News, June 17, 2010

Local reaction to governor's energy task force mixed

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced the formation of his 10-year
Strategic Energy Plan Task Force.

“It will be a diverse working group composed of people from education,
the energy industry, market consumers and other stakeholders,” said Rob Behunin, special assistant to the president at USU-Uintah Basin
and a task force member.

David Garbett, staff attorney for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance,
questions the wisdom of using market-based principles given the
composition of the working group.

“Of course we would hope that any commission would lead to a wiser
energy policy; however, given the makeup of the governor’s task force,
it’s kind of like hoping for a good result when you give a fox the keys
to the henhouse,” said Garbett.

Read more at the Vernal Express.

Udall may lead regional wilderness issue

The defeat of Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, a Republican, could have
repercussions that would put Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, at
the head of the regional wilderness movement.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance hasn’t given up on Bennett
being able to carry a wilderness bill through Congress, but
conservationists are looking for backstops, one of whom could be
Colorado’s Udall, said Terri Martin, western regional organizer for the
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Read more at the Daily Sentinel.