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Supporters gather for fossil fuels rally in Carbon County

Daniel Woodrull – KUTV (KUTV) Several thousand people rallied in Carbon County for fossil fuels and against a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. That rally at the Price Fairgrounds Thursday evening aimed to send a message loud and clear to Washington, D.C. that people here feel under attack by the federal government. They say the fossil fuel industry isn’t as bad as it’s portrayed. Dennis Ardohain, who…

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Utah improves score in national rankings on energy efficiency

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Utah moved up one notch in an annual, national ranking of state policies on energy efficiency, surpassing several neighbors in its middle-of-the-pack score. The annual report card that put the state at No. 23 in the nation is done by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which scores states on a broad group of policies in place that speak to wise energy…

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Despite outcry, scenic Grand County joins coalition with energy counties

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune Following a heated Grand County Council meeting Tuesday, council members voted to join other counties that are pooling their clout to amass funding for a highway to haul crude oil and other development seen as vital to the economic future of eastern Utah. The council, in voting 6 to 1 to join the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, overruled intense opposition from Moab and…

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Daggett County lands compromise touted as model for nation

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News A compromise reached on contentious, decades-old land disputes in Daggett County will be incorporated into a lands bill in Congress and could serve as the template for how the rest of the country strikes a balance between conservation and resource development. During a Wednesday announcement of the deal brokered under the direction of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Daggett County Commissioner Jerry Steglich said…

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Fossil fuels rally planned for Thursday in Price

Geoff Liesik – The Deseret News Organizers say they hope to draw as many as 10,000 people to a Thursday night rally that’s meant to educate the public about the benefits of continuing to develop Utah’s fossil fuel reserves. “We want to see these bleachers absolutely packed full of people,” Karra Hillam said Wednesday while making last-minute preparations for Utah’s first Coal and Fossil Fuel Rally. The primary purpose of…

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State officials laud low-sulfur fuel as key to air pollution fix

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Conversion to low-sulfur fuel at the gas pump along the Wasatch Front is the best and cheapest fix to the nagging air pollution problem everyone wants solved, lawmakers were told Wednesday. The Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee hosted an interim discussion on the nation’s pending transition to so-called “Tier 3″ fuels — a move mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by…

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Envision Utah and Energy

Robin Saville, Kim Fischer – Good 4 Utah Utah is expected to grow by 2.5 million people by 2050—so where will we get our energy?  And will it be affordable?  And how will using more energy impact the environment and the air we breath? Envision Utah is working with citizens and community leaders to create a plan. “As individual consumers I think one of the things that is most important…

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Utah’s Trying to Fast-Track Clean Car, Clean Fuel

Judy Fahys – KUER State air-quality officials are still trying to bring next-generation clean cars and clean fuel to Utah. They told lawmakers Wednesday they are making headway. One reason they are so determined is that the federal Environmental Protection Agency says its new Tier 3 standards will do more to clean up air pollution on the Wasatch Front than anywhere else in the nation. State officials want these federal…

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Clean energy advocates showcase benefits of electric vehicles

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Advocacy organizations are calling on the public and their elected representatives to embrace the smog-busting attributes of alternative vehicles — especially electric cars — by showcasing them Wednesday at an event outside Utah’s Capitol. Groups such as Utah Clean Energy want a five-year extension of the $1,500 annual tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles and the implementation of a new financing…

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MCW demonstrates new technology in Uinta Basin

MCW equipment On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, MCW Energy Group hosted a ribbon cutting on the newest Utah energy production site in Vernal, where the proprietary oil sands extraction technology was demonstrated. Touted as transformative, the patented process claims 99% closed-loop solvent recovery and zero water consumption, making it environmentally friendly, cost efficient and commercially viable. The ribbon-cutting event was attended by local dignitaries that included Vernal Mayor Norton and…

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