Outdoor companies ask Obama for Utah monument

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 13, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    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 Montana

    58 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.

  • joy Logan, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    And who pays for that monument, yep you got it WE DO! We the taxpayer do not want your oversized monument
    nor do we need it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    Now let the panic begin.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Procuradorfiscal: My comment was going to be "here we go again!" but with your comment I'll only say Amen!

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    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.