Here Comes the Sun | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Here Comes the Sun 

Also: Good money, Halloween horror

Pin It
Favorite

hit_1.jpg
Here Comes the Sun
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar brought good news to Utah—unless you’re a coal- or nuclear-power advocate. Salazar said there are 17,700 acres of Bureau of Land Management land that could be considered “sweet spots” for solar-energy zones. He said it’s reasonable that some 1,219 megawatts of solar power could be produced on BLM land in Utah, and 406 megawatts of power produced on non-BLM land. This is finally a way to fast-track alternative energy and incentivize producers. The news came on the same day that Utahns heard that Blue Castle Holdings is submitting an early site application for two nuke plants at Green River. It’s doing seismic and environmental surveys, along with—ahem—evacuation plans for the area. Meanwhile, the governor is reconsidering his pledge to keep blended radioactive wastes from entering the state. So which is it: the sun or the atom?

miss_1.jpg
Good Money
You have to wonder if the Republican hierarchy is thinking philosophically or just politically. Take the case of Sen. Mike Lee, the apple-cheeked teapartier who trounced Sen. Bob Bennett in the last election. Lee is asking for an opinion about whether he can start his own super PAC, which would allow him to accept unlimited funds to influence elections. Senators have had “leadership” PACs, but they have some restrictions. Lee wants to control his PAC, and would be soliciting donations personally as a member of Congress. If this is a philosophical argument, then we wonder why Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson is all a-twitter about the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Kirk Jowers having a “vanity scholarship” in his name, and maybe directing its use. Stephenson thinks that’s unseemly, although we don’t know what he thinks of a member of Congress doing the same thing.

miss_1.jpg
Halloween Horror
Talk about a firestorm! One LDS ward in Utah decided to set clear guidelines for its “trunk or treat” event, banning masks and “cross-gender dressing.” So what if your little girl wants to dress up as Bart Simpson? Isn’t that better than seeing her in Wonder Woman’s skimpy costume? Turns out the church’s policy is about masks for safety’s sake, but doesn’t address gender. This is what happens when you leave it to a lowly LDS bishop to set policy. He thought that was the directive, he says. Whatever. Kids just want to dress up—and usually as something they would never be in real life. It’s called make-believe.

Twitter: @KathyBiele

Pin It
Favorite

About The Author

Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

Bio:
A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

More by Katharine Biele

  • Censored & Incensed

    Black Kids Matter, Annex This
    • Aug 5, 2020
  • Citizen Revolt: August 6

    Dueling Events on Police and Brutality, Funding Government Services During a Pandemic, Housing and Homelessness Conversations
    • Aug 5, 2020
  • Citizen Revolt: July 30

    Pacific Islander Town Hall, Will the Silent Majority Get Woke?, March for the Voiceless, Privacy With Facial Rec
    • Jul 29, 2020
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

Readers also liked…

  • Focus on the Men

    Some seem to think men leaving the workforce will result in fewer marriages. The Park City School District fires back at a shadowy group. Plus, what's behind those strange mailers you might have received?
    • Nov 27, 2019
  • Fraud Gets a Pass?

    The implications of parents filling out their missionary kids' ballots. Plus, how UTA figures to muck it up again.
    • Aug 14, 2019

© 2020 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation