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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Mining the tar sands in eastern Utah would be a scam. The yield is only about 10% so for every 10 gallons of fuel it creates, the process requires 9 gallons of fuel. Not to mention the water it requires and the poisons in the environment.
    It's not worth it.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Re: "Why would anyone want to mine tar sands? Because it's 25 percent cheaper than ordinary coal."

    It's telling that providing America with more available, reliable, and affordable energy is seen as a monstrous evil by environmental troglodytes.

    They won't be happy until they've eliminated the human infestation of earth.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    "Why would anyone want to mine tar sands? Because it's 25 percent cheaper than ordinary coal and will provide greater profits for those would exploit it."

    It's telling that providing America with more available, reliable, and affordable renewable green energy is seen as a monstrous evil by conservative corporate troglodytes.

    They won't be happy until they've eliminated the human race by making earth uninhabitable.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    March 5, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Building a house disrupts the environment. So do highways, reservoirs, and farms for that matter. It's what mankind does, and mining is every bit as necessary as farming. I don't see any cause for alarm in this article.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 5, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Energy extraction has a price, no matter what type or where it's done. Yes, the Athabasca oil sands extraction is a huge operation. It's displaced forest. So does logging, which is also visible in the area. It's in a virtually unoccupied corner of northeastern alberta, which most people around here would find forlornly empty and remote, let alone cold. But we've already settled all this with three words: Drill, baby drill. This is our mantra, so don't sweat the details. Anytime, anywhere, next to your house or mine, it doesn't matter. We want cheap energy, let's not pretend we aren't willing to do what it takes to get it.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    March 5, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    At their core, humans are motivated solely by greed. It's a travesty of justice that those who destroy the planet for profit are rewarded for their selfishness while nature and the bulk of humanity suffer as a result. Humans are slowly but surely killing ourselves.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 6, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    @Mr. Johnson
    I must call you on this one! Have you ever actually been to the tar sands area? Have you even flown over Fort MacMurray? You haven't the slightest clue what you are talking about! Have you even spoken with someone of unquestionable repute who has been there? You haven't the slightest clue what you are talking about.