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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 5 2010 3:03 p.m. MDT

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3genUTE
Chicago, IL

Needless to say, Utah is very blessed in sunlight, and could in fact be one of the biggest solar energy producers in the nation. The west desert could easily power the entire Wasatch front, aided by prevailing Canyon/mountain winds at night.

Unfortunately, small minded (usually politically conservative) voices will fight tooth and nail to make renewable energy our energy future.

Why? perhaps because it is associated with the word "green", which is associated with liberal, which is now about as popular as "Jihadist" in the Beehive State. Just ask Sen Bennett.

That of course is nonsense, it is science and technology that drives the potential of renewable energy, and the free market that will sell it. Knee jerk conservatives who will tell you why it can't happen get their info from sources like global insight- a helpful "division" of big oil.

Sun, wind, electric cars- Utah could even go without the insufferable inversions each winter, not to mention sparking a new energy economy, manufacturing the needed hardware, and ending that slow sucking sound of 100's of billions of $ going to our friends in the middle east for oil(the Jihadists!).

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Re: 3 genUte.
Unfortunately the best solar generated electicity costs over 10 times per killowatt hour (equipment purchase and maintenance) more than coal fired generated electricity today. As a liberal, why not show us dumb oil loving conservatives how it is done? Go ahead, what's stopping you from installing solar collectors on your roof and disconnecting from the electric company? Yes, teach evil "big oil" a lesson! When we have the technology to economically covert to solar, or wind electricity, we will. Until then, we do what we have to do!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

3genUTE

Did you not read the article where it talked about how the land has been available since 2005 (bush administration)? Didn't you read the part where it talked about expediting environmental review and bureaucratic red tape?

Salazar said the application had languished before he became Sec of Int. It looks like they languished another 18 months since.

It's not been "knee-jerk conservatives" who have delayed these projects, but enviro-extremists who are more concerned about an endangered noxious weed than producing clean energy. What's the advantage to conservatives to preventing private companies from setting-up solar farms in the desert? In fact, this is just the way conservatives would have it done - private companies using private money. The only drawback to conservatives is that it is on public land.

Could we say that you blaming conservatives for the delays is a knee-jerk reaction on your part since all the evidence points the other direction?

Chicago is blessed with wind, so where are all your turbines?

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