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  •  Utah Gov Herbert (3+ / 0-)

    Takes a surprising turn to the left, calling for more oversight of Chevron after a pipeline broke in Willard (no, not named after Romney) National Park.

    I'm honestly perplexed by this. I have no idea how it will affect his re-election (probably slightly for the better, as many Utahns are environmentalists, but only on a local scale), but it's a strange move by the guy who advocates suing the Feds to take back federal lands so that the state can open it up to drilling. I get the feeling that he's trying to achieve state control of public lands in a roundabout way by this action, but still an odd move.

    Or it might be trying to give himself some cover after fighting every environmental regulation tooth and nail.

    In any case, the fact that he feels the need to say this gives a good idea of how Utahns view environmental policies; they like green ideas on a local level. In fact, one of the issues Ben McAdams won in Salt Lake County on was opposition to SkiLink, a ski-resort scheme that could've damaged the environment in the mountains.

    So a future statewide Dem could take advantage of this.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:16:12 PM PDT

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