Oil shale, tar sands and living in a checkmate

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    We have chosen, through our embracing of the philosophy 'drill baby', to accept whatever physical or aesthetic inconvenience energy development may manifest in order to ensure we develop domestic resources in whatever form they may occur in favour of any sort of conservation measures. I, as a confirmed liberal, totally accept that. Now I ask of my conservative brethern to accept it as well. "Drill Baby", means you don't mind whatever effort or work it takes to extract american resources, and that it may not necessarily occur only in someone elses' back yard. It doesn't matter if it's a road or power line or extraction plant or strip mine the size of delaware, you will see its' construction next to your house as progress. I do. Natuaral areas are Americas' unextracted resources. Your unobstructed view or clean air is our mine site yet to be developed. Drill, baby, indeed. If it's five minutes upwind, so much the better.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    I'd be careful about using the words "civil disobedience" around here, particularly in reference to environmental concerns. With all the rage directed at Tim DeChristopher, it's pretty clear that many of us equate it with terrorism.

    I really hope tar sand and oil shale extraction stays away from the American west. They are awfully destructive and we have such unique landscapes. Another example of why I am glad Utah's insane desire to obtain control of American lands is unlikely to go anywhere.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Your letter makes sense, Ryan.

    Unfortunately, that means your ideas will not fly in Utah.