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What Health Insurance Means for Rural America Last Updated on 2009-11-28 10:10:18 Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on November 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM EST I have seen the consequences of a health care system in need of reform – too few insured, too costly for others and too little quality for all. Unsustainable growth in the cost of health care and the continued denial of coverage to millions of Americans is evidence that our health care system has failed. These failings are amplified in rural America, where folks pay more for health care than their urban counterparts, but are still more likely to experience chronic illness and poor health.  I applaud the National Farmers Union for their  recent endorsement of the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill and their prior support of the House’s bill.  Their support of the legislation and thier courage in this critical debate says a great deal about the need for reform and the consequences for rural America... More »
Logan Herald Journal calls on Rep. Mike Noel to apologize Last Updated on 2009-11-09 07:58:39 Kanab legislator Mike Noel says he was joking when he told USU President Stan Albrecht to get his professors “in line up there” after a USU faculty member criticized a fellow scientist’s conclusions about global warming. Even if it was in jest, Noel’s comment has a sinister ring to it. Politicians and lay people pretending to be a scientific authorities is one thing — this has become comically commonplace in the global warming debate — but even the hint of political pressure on academia to fall in line on a hot-button issue like this not funny at all. And as we all know, things said “in jest” often betray true feelings. Robert Davies is the USU faculty member Noel was referring to, and Noel still insists he wants an apology from Davies for portraying as “totally fringe” the findings of a fellow climatologist that global warming is primarily caused by nature, not... More »
BYU scientists send letter protesting legislature's treatment of climate science Last Updated on 2009-11-07 00:00:00   A group of earth scientists from conservative Brigham Young University has sent a stinging rebuke to state lawmakers on their recent handling of climate-change science. The 18 scientists wrote the governor and legislators Oct. 26, urging them to "consider separating the science from the policy issues." They challenged lawmakers for giving the "fringe" position of a climate skeptic equal weight to that of the broad, scientific consensus that climate change is happening, largely because of human activities. "We have no specific political agenda to support but agree that whatever action is taken, it should be informed by the best available scientific evidence," the scientists said. "We encourage our legislators not to manipulate the scientific evidence to suit any political agenda." The scientists sent the letter five days after the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee... More »
Rep. Noel attempts to intimidate climate scientist Last Updated on 2009-10-23 08:17:29 The Legislature's most outspoken skeptic of man-caused climate change was so angered by a scientist's published remarks about a fellow expert's work that the lawmaker complained to the researcher's boss. Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, confirmed he spoke Tuesday with Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht about Robert Davies, an assistant research professor in physics. Noel said he expressed his concerns about Davies but strongly denied making any threats or calling for the scientist's job. Davies had been asked by The Tribune to describe how Roy Spencer's research stacked up against the scientific consensus on the role humans play in climate change. Spencer, of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, was invited by Noel to testify Wednesday before a legislative committee. Davies was quoted Monday in The Salt Lake Tribune saying that he suspected lawmakers invited Spencer to provide... More »
Governor Herbert hits accelerator on giving away Utah water to Nevada Last Updated on 2009-09-25 08:38:39 Gov. Gary Herbert supports reaching a deal with Nevada on how to divide Snake Valley water, but not necessarily the proposal officials from the two states have presented. Herbert believes it is in Utah's best interest to be "proactive" on a water-sharing plan rather than risk lawsuits, spokeswoman Angie Welling said Thursday. The governor is reviewing a draft agreement made public in mid-August after four years of secret negotiations. Although he likes the idea, Welling said, he hasn't decided if that's the way to go. "Obviously he doesn't want to rush," she said. "He wants to do this in a thoughtful way." Yet parties involved with the agreement or interested in its outcome were taken by surprise when Herbert scheduled meetings for this afternoon in Baker, Nev., and, later, in Delta, Utah, to talk about the proposal. The Nevada meeting will be the first time the Snake Valley Aquifer... More »