Brian Moench

Dr. Brian Moench is President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a practicing anesthesiologist in Salt Lake City. He is a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Unmasking Our Cities From Air Pollution Will Require Local, State, and Federal Climate Solutions
With its pristine landscapes and world-class skiing, you might not expect to see Salt Lake City spotlighted in a global campaign on dirty air. Yet winter conditions trap pollution from vehicle emissions, buildings, homes and industries, intermittently earning Salt Lake City the dubious distinction...
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Romney: A Horse of a Different Color
Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, ran for President of the United States in 1844. Ever since then a rumor has circulated among Mormons known as the “White Horse Prophecy": that the day would come when the U.S. Constitution would “hang by a thread” and a member of the Mormon priesthood would save the Constitution and the country. Enter Mitt Romney on the proverbial “White Horse,” maybe the same one for which he claims a $77,000 tax break.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
"Adapting" to the Climate Crisis: That Was Easy
Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, admitted recently that global warming is not a hoax, but that we needn’t worry: "We have spent our entire existence adapting, OK? So we will adapt to this. Changes to weather patterns that move crop production areas around — we’ll adapt to that. It’s an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions." Tillerson’s buddies at the U.S.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
ALEC: Hawking "Freedom" in Salt Lake City
As I write this, the infamous ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is meeting across the street from me in Salt Lake City's luxurious Grand America Hotel.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
As the West Burns: Speaking Truth to Fire
It is Tuesday afternoon, July 3. An enormous cloud of smoke has emerged behind my house, seeming to swallow the sky from about 20 miles away. My neighbors say that it looks like an atomic bomb has been dropped in the foothills of our beautiful mountains, the kind whose fallout drifted over Salt Lake City from the Nevada nuclear test site when I was a little boy.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
America: A Fire Sale to Foreign Corporations
This maybe one of the most important stories ever ignored by the "lame stream, liberal" media.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Climate Crisis: The Silence is Deafening
Those of us who have been waiting impatiently for Obama to shed his apparent cocoon of compromise, caution and cowardice finally got a hint last week that a real leader may yet emerge and spread his wings at the White House.
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Monday, April 02, 2012
Autism and Disappearing Bees: A Common Denominator?
A few days ago the Salt Lake Tribune’s front page headline declared, " Highest rate in the nation, 1 in 32 Utah boys has autism ." This is a national public health emergency, whose epicenter is Utah, Gov. Herbert. A more obscure story on the same day read: "New pesticides linked to bee population collapse." If you eat food, and hope to do so in the future, this is another national emergency, Pres.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Physicians in Congress Committing Malpractice on Millions
What would you think if your physician told you, “Keep smoking because quitting would kill tobacco and health care jobs.” Or, “Don’t take your high blood pressure medicine, you can’t afford it.” And, “Don’t lose weight, no one has proven obesity is bad for you.”
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Utah Doctors Join "Occupy" Movement
Taking inspiration from the Occupy Movement, last week a group of doctors and environmental groups in Salt Lake City, Utah announced a law suit against the third largest mining corporation in the world, Rio Tinto, for violating the Clean Air Act in Utah. This is likely the first time ever that physicians have sued industry for harming public health.
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