House GOP renews battle for public lands

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  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    I saw a lot "losers" to fillout the space. Yes, every effort is worth it to give back the land to state to take care of! Private industry is the core to development on the Unted Sates, don't be whinning.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 29, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    If such a legislated land grab is even Constitutional, what legal guarantees would the public have that the state of Utah can and will assume stewardship of affected lands? What needs to be a matter of public record is full disclosure of the identity of all campaign contributors who might suddenly become private developers.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 29, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Our legislators get thrills about the trillions of $$ they could suck out of our public lands. This is all bogus. I guess they're thinking of oil shale, which is uneconomical to process and a pipe dream. I doubt very much that Utah could do any better than the feds at managing our public lands, so why should we take on the whole fiscal burden? As it is, the 49 other states help us pay for it.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    First of all, the federal government will essentially ignore this nonsense. How is Utah going to compel the U.S. Government? Give me a break. Here's a question: Are all of Utah's state parks open (reopened for some) and supremely maintained? Start there. The greed driving this nonsense is about taking the cream and discarding the rest. Much of that land has little or no economic value. Do you think these folks are looking at the cost of maintaining that land, or are they just interested in the land that can be mined or otherwise exploited? In the end, these folks are about greed, and they effectively mock the Constitution and our nation. Perhaps they should go back and read, with thoughtfulness, the Gettysburg Address, and contemplate the sacrifice of Lincoln. Otherwise, they are no better than some third world legislative body that is driven by personal interests, not the lofty ideals on which this nation was built.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Headline from another article:
    "Obama reiterates goal of universal preschool, but how will the nation pay for it?"

    Why isn't this article headlined "House GOP renews battle for public lands, but how will the state pay for it?"

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    They're public lands, and don't belong to the GOP party.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:55 a.m.

    Help the schools? Destroy the state land is a poor excuse to environmental land and park destruction. There are limits to education and its funding and a poor excuse to leave these children a dead state where the wilderness is too toxic to visit.

    The federal lands are the property of all 50 states, we are just the wards of the property within our state who get paid to care for the land and make sure its not destroyed by abuse and criminal development. Utah and advocates for burning land and destroying water aquifers and wilderness will lose it all in the end. Oil shale fracking can only be feasible if gas stays above $4/gal, is this what these advocates want?

    Fracking oil is a scorched earth process forcing residents, ranchers, food grower's, and wildlife out of thousands of acres of land because of the burning ground and toxic water wells.

    We've all seen how surface mining with 200-400 pounds of HE, imagine the same thing with hundreds of 2 Ton bombs 6-10 miles underground below aquifers per well where its out of sight and out of mind. Land management is the authority of federal government only.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    Message to Mike Noel: We don't trust you with public land.

  • photobeauty Blanding, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    I for one think it would be an immense benefit to the schools of Utah if Utah had control over the land that should have been handed over to the state upon statehood.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Another fools errand.