October 21, 2014

Conservation is Conservative

Energy and the Environment

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Did you know that nuclear and hydropower generated 6,000 terawatt hours of energy in 2011? Compare that to wind power which generated 450 terawatt hours and solar energy which generated less than 60 terawatt hours and you’ll soon discover the answer to lowering emissions of greenhouse gases and other toxins cannot rely simply in renewable […]

The Oracle of Oil: (Natural) Gas’er Up.

Pickens said. “Here [in the United States] it’s pretty well left up to the markets, and so the way you get to the same answer is because it’s cheaper and cleaner.” T. Boone Pickens discusses the current global oil market and natural gas fueled cars.

EPA Proposed Regs Conflict with Reality

“That is not how we plan for energy,” Barr said. “We have out-of-state owners with plants in Arizona. We have our own out-of-state renewables. The state-by-state look is in conflict with that approach.” Salt River Project officials point out some of the reasons why we need a thoughtful, engaged legislature to take up the policy […]

Fusion Power: Within A Decade

“If successful, Lockheed’s latest effort “could change civilization as we know it,” Gizmodo predicted on Wednesday, by giving the world a portable power source unlike anything already available.” Lockheed announces major fusion breakthrough.

Department of Defense Climate Change Adaptation Report

United States Department of Defense weighs in on climate change impact on U.S. defense: “[C]limate change has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts. A changing climate will have real impacts on our […]

Republican House passes another wilderness bill

Rep. Mark Amodei meeting with USFS staff.

Kudos to Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) who sponsored and fought diligently to pass the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act. The Act is just the second wilderness bill to pass congress since 2009, and the second this year under GOP leadership. The bill designates 26,000 acres of wilderness within the Blue Lakes and […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers tallies up Climate Balance Sheet

With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. James West writes at The Atlantic’s CityLab about the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers here. To read the entire report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Two […]

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Rob and Theresa Sisson at the Murie Cabin.

Today is the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. Olaus and Mardy Murie were among the small group of wilderness advocates who met regularly at their Moose, Wyoming cabin to write and promote The Wilderness Act. The Murie Ranch, a national historic site, is part of Grand Teton National Park. Our president, Rob Sisson, reflects […]

Wilderness in the Great Lakes Region

Continuing our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, click below to read our pdf list of every Great Lakes region wilderness areas created by Republican presidents. Great Lakes

The Outdoors, A Teenager’s Perspective

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  It was a typical night of surveying the world in front of our tech gadgets, catching up on the events of the day, and listening to whatever my daughter was in the mood to listen to and sing.  We begin to discuss our most recent outdoor adventure and where we might want to go […]