Report: Federal oil, gas policies cost West billions of dollars, thousands of jobs

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    A report from the Sutherland Institute?????

    Are you trying to convince us that it might be an accurate and unbiased report?

    If so, y'can't get much more ridiculous than that.

  • tesuji St. George, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    Regulations are necessary to ensure that the economy factors in hidden costs. Fossil fuels are a limited resource and should not be squandered thoughtlessly. They also cause pollution and health problems. Not to mention the slowly unfolding catastrophe of climate change. Money is not everything. What good is it if you are sick or dead.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    The Federal laws are doing what they are supposed to do, stop greed and illogical acts of impulsive money hungry government leaders and non repairable environmental destruction. The world is not running out of oil, but greed and lies are rampant in Utah. There is a rush by developers and oil companies to take control of this Utah land before Obama leaves the country.

    All these propositions have one Achilles heal, that the cost of gasoline must stay high at the gas pump, $4.00 or more. Getting control of the land for uncontrolled development not oil production is the plan by legislators using gas prices to sway the public.

    What will happen to Utah wilderness when oil is down to 20 or 30 dollars a barrel destroying the value of shale oil? This is why the Bookcliffs should not be mutilated.

    The governor is short sighted and wishful thinking and when oil comes down we end up with an blighted environment pockmarked with oil rigs and wells hazardous to the environment. And taxpayers billions of dollars in debt becasue of overspending on risky investments in a risky black gold visions of wealth.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 18, 2013 5:17 a.m.

    @swiss...... ummmm no. The cost of settling on land purchased from the Mexican government, and then negotiating for statehood, and the fact that Utah is one of the least populous states in the nation, and having its representation accorded to it based on that fact.

    I have to be relatively careful how I comment on this this, but the fact is these seven states aren't special. The same could be said for most states. In the state that I now reside, sizemic and geological surveys indicate natural gas reserves well in excess of what Utah claims to have. The land in question is largely a privately held state. And yet even here, there is great debate on the wisdom and cost to go after these resources. It is not as black and white as this hired paper indicates.

    On the other hand, the Sierra Club is being equally silly. Rigs are only momentary. What is left behind is invisible from any reasonable distance. Yes, while drilling, there is visible activity. But that is for a very short window. This would not destroy Utah's byways and scenic vistas.

    There is middle ground here....

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    The cost of being colonies of the United States instead of being equal states.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    The president and his party and his energy policy have virtually no effect on the price of gasoline. The national sea ice data centre indicates that there is more arctic ice cover than last year, but it's still well below average. And the petroleum believed to be tied up in federal regulation, however much there really is, is still there. It is not being stolen by the government. The impetus to explore and develop may not exist now, when oil is $106 a barrel, but when it hits $200 maybe it will be. The jobs and revenue, if there is the resource there to generate it, will come. Maybe. Because for all our 'drill, baby!' bluster, even here we're pretty queasy and seem to turn into environmentalists the instant someone wants to build something near our house, or on land we like. The 'drill baby' concept doesn't bode that change of heart, but it's there.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Wow, what a well-researched article. Investigative journalism at it's finest.

    I think we should always just use one source for news stories from now on.

    This was an advertisement for this group, plain and simple.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 17, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Thanks to Obama and the Demorats we are needlessly paying nearly $4.00 gal for gasoline and in the meantime the amount of ice at the N. pole is over 60% higher than normal for this time of the year and the amount of ice at the Antarctica is at a record all time high for this time of year. Remember when Al Gore during his acceptance speech for getting the Nobel Prize (what a joke) said, "By 2013 there would be no ice left at the poles and New York will be under water because of man made global warming". Could he and the sky is falling global warming lemmings have been more wrong?