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Published: Thursday, July 28 2011 9:57 p.m. MDT

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Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Well the comment "conservation is conservative" is at least correct. Thanks Mr. Huntsman.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I'm sure Huntsman believes it. Not so sure about oil/coal/chemical companies, who would prefer a return to the "darkness at noon" days of Pittsburgh to spending on no-profit cleanups. It's all we can do now to keep them from blasting off the tops of mountains. And they're not liberals.

DonO
Draper, UT

Agree with him or not, Huntsman again proves he is a man of integrity who sticks to his principles. Just another positive way he is distinguishing himself from most of the rest of the GOP field.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Conservation and environmentalism were not liberal issues until Reagan. Teddy Roosevelt started the conservation era with his establishment of national parks, and the big modern environmental initiatives and laws (EPA, clean air act, clean water act, etc) were signed during the Nixon/Ford/Carter years. Nixon was the first president to promote America's need for energy/oil independence.

Reagan ripped the solar hot water panels off the White House partly because they were leaking and needed repairs, but also as a symbol of strength. He saw solar energy as a sign of weakness. It might have made great PR, but in hindsight, it now symbolizes a sad turn of events.

Reagan gutted the renewable energy research initiatives from the Carter years, when OPEC dropped oil prices in 1985 (remember when gas was only 80 cents/gallon?). Saudi Arabia was worried that renewable energy would kill its oil industry and moved to drop oil prices to avert alternative energy research. It worked.

The result? We've lost 35 years of R&D on alternative energy that could've replaced oil and saved us the recent oil shocks, perhaps averting two Iraqi wars, and diminishing oil's funding of terrorism. Interesting to ponder...

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

The right wing attitude towards climate scientists reminds me of Larry Miller's likely attitude towards the doctors that kept nagging him about poorly controlled diabetes and it's complications.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Excuse me but what is Huntsman plan to avoid the default. Now is the time to speak speak up, not after the fact. Monday morning quarterbacks are useless.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Huntsman makes sense on conservation. What happened to American can-do and optimism? The Republicans as a whole seem to want to tear this country apart. Why? Instead of working on solving problems, they are obsessed with taking more political control. Who are they serving? The middle class didn't do so well the last time they were in power, and I don't see them offering anything new or different.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Huntmsan, 2016

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Huntsman is definitly a better candidate choice when compared to Romney. Huntsman exhibits a concern and interest in the nation while Romney only cares about Romney.

Go West
Kearns, UT

It's amusing that in the hard copy of the paper, this article was right next to the article about the arctic scientist who was put on leave. That article was basically echoing other reports that are finally in the mainstream media about the man-made global warming hoax.

Taking care of this planet is one thing, and a good thing. But putting cap and trade, mandates, and taxes on people living their lives normally in the 21st century is another. This earth was created to take care of itself and the so-called carbon emissions (hey, I thought CO2 was good for plants), and "warming" is dissipated in space.

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