(EnviroNews Utah) – With five oil refineries, the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, a nuclear waste dump, two medical incinerators, chemical and pharmaceutical plants, dusty cement mines, countless oil and gas wells and waste disposal operations, a proposed nuclear power facility, America’s first approved tar sands mine and much more, many people are wondering just what the heck is going on in Utah.
There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about the Beehive State having become a hub, haven and hotbed for corporate polluters, while simultaneously serving America with a “doors open for business” policy as the country’s premier industrial waste dumping grounds.
This incredible place, known also as Zion, experienced such a crippling air pollution crisis last year that a group of over 300 physicians declared a public health emergency at a press conference on Capitol Hill, as Salt Lake and other prominent Utah towns sat atop the list of America’s most-air-polluted cities, owning places 1-5 all to themselves.
I lived most of my life in the great state of Utah, and speaking for myself, that’s not exactly the way you want to be distinguished as a Utahan when your nickname is “Zion” and countless sources have referred to you, Utah, as a practical “Eighth Wonder of the World” for your magnificent, pristine and in many ways, one-of-a-kind wilderness landscapes.
That’s why we put together this short music-video mash-up showcasing Utah’s awe-inspiring fall-time splendor — just as a small reminder that seeks to demonstrate what is truly at stake in the Beehive State from the current policy — a policy that continues to perpetuate fast and furious acceleration of its own microcosmic industrial revolution.
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FILM AND ARTICLE CREDITS
- Emerson Urry - Producer, Author, Narrator, Video Editor, Director of Photography, Nature and Wildlife Videographer, Sound Editor, 3D Animator