Environmental groups challenge Salazar's solar plans

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  • Ed Meyer Kanab, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Have any of you ever been to the Milford Flats or Wah Wah Valley? I doubt it. That's a PERFECT use for those areas. I chuckled when I read the environmentalist opposing the use of the land because it would limit the multiple use intended for the public lands. Since when were environmentalists interested in multiple use... their preference is a single use- wilderness.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    Don't take it so hard on Mr Salazar; he's just following the example of his President, who talks cooperation, but doesn't do it. Maybe it's a plan to keep lawyers employed. I don't fault environmentalists on this one.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    I finally agree with an extreme environmentalist group. I don't want all of the solar panels spread all around the desert. They are ugly. There are better alternatives. As a side note, I find it funny that the Dept. of Energy or Interior don't want natural gas drilling in areas where the footprint is less than 1 acre, but they want to put these huge solar panels in the desert with a much larger footprint and cause permanent damage to the ecosystem.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    @dumprake: The number one item in the Dept.of Energy's budget is the care and maintenance of our nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. I really don't think we should stop doing that.

    As to your quote on the environment surviving for millions of years, I'm sure you are right. Nothing we do will hurt it. We could change it so it can no longer sustain human life, but that won't bother the environment any.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Shut down the Dept of Energy, turn the energy industry back to business and capitalism. The government screws up everything they touch, and the Dept of Energy is a complete and utter failure. Continued funding of the Dept of Energy is criminal.

    Environmentalists are equally as bad as the government, they are driven by politics, not by science; they are driven by power and not by protecting the environment. These poor, deluded people believe the earth cannot survive without their intervention and protection. They believe the environment is "fragile" and should never be touched. They believe man is the cause of all the ills in the environment and that only the chosen few (environmentalists) can save us. Get the government and the environmentalists out of energy and we will have abundant, cheap energy until the end of time. And the environment? well, it has survived millions of years before man came along and it will do just fine by itself.