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Letter: Develop our water

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 14, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Conservation needs to be a priority in this state. We will have about 5 million residents in Utah by 2040 (mostly self-produced). And while many will see this as a heaven-sent blessing, heaven will NOT be giving us any more water. How will we feed, bathe, and serve all our heirs in Utah? Worse, if climate change is real, scientists say Utah will have even less rainfall by mid-century.

    While Utahns hate government mandates, it is doubtful if Utahns individually will voluntarily engage in drastic conservation measure to accommodate their heirs and build a more resilient Utah. Hence, government should direct water conservation for the good of our future.

    To start, we should develop wind and solar energy, which uses no water (unlike nuclear, coal, and gas-fired power). We should rip up lawns and incorporate super low-water use landscaping, starting with all city and state buildings and properties. Waterless toilets should also be mandated.

    Finally, incentives should be offered to entrepreneurs to develop water-less manufacturing and product solutions and businesses for everyday living. Business is the most creative entity on earth, and directing it to solve our water woes is smart!

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    July 14, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    How conservatives think: "Let's use all of our resources now. Then, when they're almost gone, we'll think about how to conserve them."

    Is the writer serious? Everyone knows that the word "conservative" is an oxymoron because conservatives care nothing about conservation. Look what they've been doing with oil for over a hundred years. Their approach is, "Let's burn it all up before we worry about how we'll get our energy when the oil is gone."

    Human beings survived for thousands of year without oil, but none of them would have survived without water. Creating more demand is not the answer. The time to conserve is now.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 14, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    Well said, Demo Dave!
    The lake Powell pipeline is socialism at it's finest. Northern Utah will pay the majority of it's costs while only those in Washington County will benefit.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    Demo Dave Ernest T. Bass
    Your representation of how conservatives think is merely an example of how you think

    managing water resources is not socialism so don't be melodramatic

    even with conservation more water development is necessary so don't be pious

  • dave Park City, UT
    July 15, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    The letter reminds me of the cold war adage: Mutually assured destruction