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Robert J. Samuelson: Don't strangle the nation's new shale-gas boom

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    One old man says, "We need to always put smarts before profits." Agreed. The motives of Utah politicians are always profit-driven. The problem is that too often those profits end up in the pockets of favored individuals and contributing corporations.

    We cannot entrust our public lands policy or our energy policy to a legislature with direct ties to land acquisition, real estate holdings, home building and energy development. The potential for profit robs them of any objectivity and will result in America's public lands falling into the greedy clutches of a few political parasites and their Big Oil cronies. If they get their way, you won't recognize this place once they're through with it, and we'll all be poorer because of it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    As long as it doesn't produce explosive drinking water, it's probably okay.

    But like anything else, it requires careful watching and wisdom to keep us all safe.

    We need to always put smarts before profits.