Tapping U.S. energy supplies would speed up recovery

Fully developing the nation's resources would be a blessing

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    To the author: Nope. Sorry. Rescuing the economy at the expense of the environment is not an acceptable trade-off -- and it never will be.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    Since these fossil fuels would be sold on the global market, they wouldn't end American dependence on foreign fuel sources. The only way to end American dependence on foreign fuel sources would be to nationalize our fossil fuel reserves and I don't see anyone proposing to do that.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    There is more carbon now in our atmosphere than there has been for the last 400,000 years. And we seem enthusiastic to add more. We will deserve the results.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    It's sad how simple some people are when it comes to energy ideas. There is enough solar power landing on your roof to power your house and an electric car. Solar power prices have fallen to 1/5 of what they were just a few years ago which IS WHY solyndra went out of business.

    Energy is literally falling from the sky. My system has been cranking out electricity for 7 years. I'm not rich, just a single parent blue collar type with an average income. That's why I put up panels, they save me money.

    It's about priorities. The economics for solar are already cheaper than paying the utility company for electricity. They charge me 12 cents a kilowatt hour with all their fees and stuff they add on. The solar panels come out to 6 cents a Kwh even if they only last 30 years. They'll last longer than that though.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    As long as we keep developing and adding to our renewable energy development, including geothermal power, hydroelectric, solar and not just PV, wind, etc. I am all for carefully using our other energy sources. We need clean water, land and air, but there is no reason to import energy from the middle east, or Venezuela. Utah and the US should both be energy independent.

    People make this a fossil vs renewable fight. That is pretty shortsighted on both counts.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    I'm not sure if the idea is Klingon or not but it stands. Technolgy will allow us to extract what we have more quickly. It will not make more energy.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    I read the Title ;
    Tapping U.S. energy supplies would speed up recovery’


    Then I read the article, and it sighted ONLY fossil fuels.
    Not biased at all.

    Then I did a simple Google search --

    According to the Wall Street Journal, "[Donohue's] most striking innovation has been to offer individual companies and industries the chance to use the chamber of commerce as a means of anonymously pursuing their own political ends."

    Major corporations donate funds to the Chamber, earmarked for particular political topics, and the Chamber spends them under its own name. Furthermore, "[t]hose companies helped the chamber raise $35 million in 2000 for general operations, up sharply from $3 million four years ago, and kicked in another $20 million for special projects.

    In other words:

    Big Oil Lobbyist.
    Bought and Paid for by the Big Oil Industry.

    His a sell out...

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    "lessen our dependence on foreign sources"

    It's all sold on the global market. The only people who benefit are the energy company (mostly foreign owned) and the individual that owns the rights.

    American companies like boom, pillage, bust.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    An old Klingon proverb: "Fossil fuels extracted twice as fast last for half as long."

    This may very well be a new era in the U.S. economy----for a while.