Re: "In contrast, in 2006 the Energy Industry brought $192,716,693 in tax
revenue to Utah."You sorta forgot to mention farming, ranching,
mining, and recreational use of multiple-use lands not involving the products of
these 100 companies whose lips are being moved by power-mad environmental
bullies.Bottom line -- the are LOTS of real people that want
liberals NOT to convert our beloved West into an off-limits petting zoo for a
very few East-Bench, SUWA elites and a small cabal of out-of-state, out-of-touch
liberals.Way, WAY more than 100.But, we know the
President has already promised them our lands and our livelihoods. That's
why he won't listen to real people.
Speak for yourself Joy. Many people in the US want public lands protected from
the likes of many low brow ATV riders who run roughshod over anything in their
way. I am for multi use lands but some areas in So. Utah deserve special
protection as they are unique in the world. Coming from a long line of
cowboys/ranchers I believe in being good stewards of the land; not doing
anything we want to it, especially if it is we the people who own it (not
private property) . Speaking of wilderness/park designations, I
say we have open discussions about it with all sides realizing that compromise
will have to rule the day. The radicals on both sides of the issue will have
to be put by the wayside if anything meaningful is to be worked out/done.
Before people start yowling about "Easterners" dictating to Utah, here
are some stats. Of the 100 signers on the letter only 12 are from the East.Two are from Europe (Britain and Switzerland)Three are from
Idaho, two from Wyoming, and one from Montana58 are from West of the
Mississippi. Most of those are from the western part of Colorado.45
are from Utah.And of the 45 from Utah, 17 are from Moab.Very interesting.The Outdoor Recreation Industry in this country
is $646 BILLION dollar industry. Of that, outdoor recreation brings about $256
Billion to western states -- with about $80 billion to Utah alone. In western
states, including Utah, there are about 2.3 million jobs directly connected to
outdoor recreation. That does not include jobs in gas stations, motels,
restaurants and other support industries.More information may be
found by Googling Utah Tourism Profile.In 2006, tourism produced
112,572 jobs in Utah and a Tax Revenue of $568 Million. In
contrast, in 2006 the Energy Industry brought $192,716,693 in tax revenue to
Utah. So which industry is of greatest benefit to Utah's taxpayers?Tourism beats energy by $400 million.
And who pays for that monument, yep you got it WE DO! We the taxpayer do not
want your oversized monumentnor do we need it.
Now let the panic begin.
Procuradorfiscal: My comment was going to be "here we go again!" but
with your comment I'll only say Amen!
Re: "100 Outdoor companies ask Obama for Utah monument"And
millions of Utah and American farmers, ranchers, miners, recreational users of
multiple-use lands, energy industry employees, energy users, and users of the
products of those feckless, reckless 100 outdoor companies ask Obama NOT to
declare any more of Utah off-limits to all productive uses.We'll see which he listens to -- the liberal-manufactured pleas of a
scared-stiff industry, or the real voices of real people.I'm
guessing it won't be real people. Liberals are never interested in us.