Our good congressman needs to see the Oscar-nominated "Gasland"
documentary to see how fracking is affecting rural landowners' water wells. The
film is a bit hokey, but it shows how people can light their faucet water on
fire and even shows how a creek can ignite due to the chemicals and gas leakage
into water systems from fracking.We're all for clean-burning natural
gas. We're just asking the drillers to do it responsibly so that it doesn't put
people and agriculture in rural communities at risk. Regarding CO2
regulation, you don't have to believe in the science of climate change to see
the muck in Utah's air -- perhaps he avoids Utah in the winter so he doesn't
have to breath our unfit air. Utah had the worst air quality in the nation --
again -- this month. The air doesn't help the state's economic development
people attract industry to the state to create local jobs. Develop
America's energy -- but just don't do it on the backs of rural Americans and
agriculture, who grow our food and are often ignored when it comes to big energy
Sorry, Rob, but when you address pollution, then let's talk. Until then, you
have no credibility. Utah would be smart to pursue clean energy innovation.
That's the economic future, not support activities for old technology and
Regulation is essential to prevent profit-greedy corporations from negatively
affecting the lives of Americans in the quest for more and more profits. But
fracking has been shown to negatively impact the lives of REAL people
(Corporations are NOT people).Yes, we are in need of energy and we
have the ingenuity to create renewable energy sources to meet our energy needs.
We also have great opposition to these potentials from Corporations; it will
affect their bottom lines. It doesn't matter to the Corporate non-Person that
real-people are harmed; if it weren't for regulation, even more real-people
would be harmed.
So, you-ALL THINK we should do away with congress and have a coronation?
Hey Bob, how about we start building Nuclear plants and reprocessing all of
those spent fuel rods we have buried or have put into storage? If you want to
unleash the power, those nuclear power plants can produce more power with less
land taken up. If you are concerned with security, just put one up in place of
base golf courses that are at so many military installations.
Rob Bishop just demonstrated why it's so important to protect our lands from
people like him.
Drill, Baby, Drill! And then drill some more!Robby is just
upholding Utah's environmental motto: Multiply, multiply and pillage the
earth.But, hey, it puts more money in his pocket every time his
sponsors pay off.
I am a long time member of the "Natural Gas Caucus". My family can
attest to that (though I usually blame it on the dog).But
seriously... In the past I've been in favor of preserving OUR natural_resources,
and buying oil from the middle east (as long as it was cheaper and easily
available). My rational was... why not buy theirs (since it is cheaper and
doesn't deplete our reserves), until they run out and THEN we can transition to
using more domestic supplies.I know everybody doesn't agree. But
that's my thinking.The problem is... Our government is currently
engaged in a conscious effort to make it more difficult to make the transition
to domestic supplies when the time to transition comes (and that time isn't far
off). Bureaucrats are making more_and_more regulations and making
more_and_more areas on American soil with KNOWN oil_reserves off_limits...
tieing up our domestic possibilities and forcing us to get more of our energy
from vendors in the middle_east.This isn't good knowing that those
supplies COULD run_out or be cut_off at any time, and regulations, exploration,
drilling, and Production_setup takes up_to 10_years.Now
is_NOT_the_time to_play_politics with_energy.
Good op-ed from Congressman Bishop.
I'm all for being able to frac wells without consideration of water wells in the
area. Drill, baby, drill. If we really mean that, then before we tolerate $5/USG
petrol, we need to be prepared to put energy exploration ahead of agriculture,
rural residential, recreational or conservation lands in huge areas of the
nation. Let's go!
I'll bet my last dollar Rep. Bishop did not even write this letter, but merely
rubber stamped his name on it.Financial donors and Lobbyists are
just like selling your soul to the Devil - eh, Mr. Bishop?
LDS Liberal 7:04 p.m.Why ASSUME you know something you can't know
(like he didn't write the letter)... or (He sold his soul to the Devil), etc?Why bet?Why even POST it? If you don't know it?If we could ALL get away from this practice of ASSUMING we know things we
don't know... but not letting that keep us from posting them as if they were
facts, or at least enough to start innuendos about people... We would be
following the Prophet's advice regarding behavior on forums like these.We should NOT be looking to cause contention. We should NOT be criticizing
people based on mere ASSUMPTIONS. We should NOT be back biting, criticizing,
and posting things that we don't KNOW about other people.Using
political rhetoric to start contention... intentionally divisive comments...
hurtful comments... Making up stuff and posting it AS IF it were fact (or
something you would bet on)... these are ALL things I KNOW the prophet has told
us to avoid in our daily lives.So leave the "LDS" out of
your name IF you are totally going to ignore his advice to us.
I enjoy reading these somewhat contentious comments, but keep looking for ione
that addresses the basic and pressing problem - distillates. By the time you buy
a loaf of bread at the supermarket, its ingredients and the finished product
have become acquainted with six or more diesel engines in tractors, harvesters,
big rig trucks, etc. We are seeing shortage-induced increased prices in diesel
that quickly translate into increasing costs for bread and all food products. We
are committing economic suicide by restricting access to the only practical
alternate fuel for those diesel engines - natural gas.