Why should we give even more handouts to rural communities? They already receive
the most handouts of anyone, farm and water subsidies. Much more than us
"city folk." Why can't rural Utah just pick itself up by its own
bootstraps? Go back to school and learn something. Become marketable. The rest
of us have had to do this, why shouldn't they? Get Educated
I'm glad to see that the governor is finally getting on board with the
clean/alternative energy movement. With Utah's progressive
attitude towards high tech, and genetics research, its alway been odd that
we've been so behind the curve on renewables!It's good to
see that any ideological objections have been overcome!
Can't argue with @Spangs on efficiencies being found by the energy
industry and really, any industry. Technology and scientific advances will
continue to drive the ability to produce goods and energy at a lower price.
That is not to say, though, that the traditional fossil fuels have
reached the end of their useful life. Natural gas and blended automobile
fuels are with us for the foreseeable future. Dozens and dozens of years.
They compete very nicely from a cost standpoint, and a mobility standpoint, with
any other alternative. Coal may find a good future as well with new
technology. Solar, geothermal, nuclear and wind are welcome
additions to the energy picture. We need them all.
I completely agree with the DN editorial here. What Southern Utah and its rural
counties have in spades is sunlight (and to a much lesser extent, geothermal)
and land. Planning renewable energy development in rural areas of Utah is a
plan everyone can get behind. With all due respect to @Sherlock
Holmes, all data points to those conventional energy jobs never coming back.
Heroic measures by elected officials cannot overcome simple economics. Just
take the example of what is happening in Delta, Utah. The current coal plant
employs 440 folks and will be mothballed in 2025. What will replace it is a
much more efficient gas plant that will likely employ 50-60 folks. This is
devastating to Delta, but just one sign that things are changing and we much
adapt. And the drawdown on fossil fuels could not come at a better
time (unless it was earlier). Many climate models show S. Utah getting
significantly drier as the climate heats up. If there is one thing more
important any coal job to a Utahn, its WATER.
A few jobs in Beaver County hardly qualify as successful economic development in
rural Utah. The Governor has been consistent and steady in his
support for jobs in the rural counties. But only developing the so-called
clean energy isn't going to change the job picture that much. Research
and development projects are very cool, but mainly grow the workforce at the
universities where the grant was prepared and funded. Rural
counties know that it is the conventional sources of energy that need support
from Governor Herbert. That is where 1000's of good jobs are found and
will continue to be found. The Governor gets this. He will support the
clean energy initiatives AND the conventional energy industries.