Put up or shut up might be the call made by reasonable and responsible people.
Is 678,000 acres for oil shale research and 132,000 acres for tar sands not
enough for an industry that has not produced or proven anything in over a 100
years of trying?Uintah County Commissioner McKee might be right in
that energy rich communities are doing the best, but his point is lost on me in
light of the fact that the Uintah Basin has never produced any marketable energy
from tar sands or oil shale. Prove to us that the technology is
there to extract these unconventional energy sources before we lease or risk
more Public Land.
Ethanol is a red herring. It takes 1.2 gallons of gasoline/diesel to produce and
distribute 1 gallon of ethanol. Yes, ethanol actually increases our consumption
of fossil fuels.So why do we insist on continuing this ethanol
madness? Because as the first presidential caucus, Iowa is a
@aceroinox is correct in his statements. The other "unintended
consequence" of using ethanol is the sky-rocketing price of groceries. We
are not only making our transportation less efficient by mixing ethanol with the
gasoline, we are wasting a major component if our food supply, corn.
The real tragedy is the fact that someone thought it a good idea to put one of
the filthy strip mines into a pristine wild are like the book cliffs.
@One Old Man per the figures used in the article, the land now available is
678,000 acres, the land previously available 2 million acres. 678,000/2 million
= 33.9%, sothe area off limits is almost twice as much as the area availabe. How
do you come up with your "6 times greater" number?
Economic destruction through leftist political fanaticism.
@Most TruthfulEthanol also increase NOx emissions by 5-10%, adding
to our inversion problems.@The Real Maverick We import 4
times as much crude oil as we export as gasoline.Crude oil is still our largest
import Most of our gasoline exports go to Canada and Mexico, two of our largest
suppliers of crude.
You need to do your research, Most Truthful and Patriotic. I first learned about
the problems created by ethanol gas when the fuel lines on my snow blower and
brand new string trimmer disintegrated. I asked the repair shop how a fuel line
could disintegrate in 9 months. They asked if I was using ethanol gas in the
trimmer, and told me it dries out any plastic or rubber parts, tubes, seals,
gaskets, etc. with which it comes in contact. If you ask any small engine repair
shop, they will tell you that the majority of the repair and maintenance they do
is a result of ethanol gasoline. My shop also told me the practice we've
all developed of emptying gas from our lawn mowers, trimmers, snowblowers, etc.
when they will sit unused for awhile (or the alternative of adding Stabil), is
unnecessary with pure gas. Ethanol creates the instability.E10
gasoline (10% ethanol) has less energy per gallon that pure gasoline. As a
result you don't get the same gas mileage, and more gasoline is used to
cover the same distance, a minor detail we don't hear about. My mileage
increased 5 mpg when I went to pure gas.
Sage Grouse? Are you kidding. Those suckers are all over the state. I see
them everywhere in the when I'm in the boonies. They are like rats. We
are giving up energy independence for a few birds. The Sage Grouse don't
care. They will do fine anyway.
Remember that it was under the Bush administration that ethanol production came
into being. Now it's firmly enough entrenched that if Obama even whispered
anything about cutting it, there'd be one heck of an explosion.Remember, too, that tar sands is still untried technology and terribly,
terribly destructive. This decision may be a good first step to opening the
door to develop technology that will work to extract this oil without as much
destruction and water consumption.It's really the GOPbots who
are unable to recognize that they have been taken in by some pretty wild
propaganda. It's possible that this will turn out to be a good thing, but
only if we approach it carefully and with wisdom.
Remember, as repubs cry about the high prices of gas that our #1 export is
gas.We will in just a few years out produce Saudi Arabia in oil
production. Yet... Where is all this fuel going? Certainly it isn't staying
here! Perhaps no amount of oil produced here will be good enough as long as
repubs allow the fuel to be sold anywhere.
DN Subscriber: What maintenance problems has ethanol caused for you?We've put 163,000, 96,000 and 184,000 on our present vehicles -- and had
NO maintenance issues. also know no one who has.You missed the
entire point, that six times the area has been made available. But continue
the screed. Fewer listen.
Remember, as you see gas prices continue to climb that the Obama administration
refuses to allow full expansion to recover oil reserves in the U.S. And, at the same time they foolishly mandate that we convert our food to
ethanol for use in gasoline, which drives up fuel costs, and creates maintenance
problems for our vehicles.Thank you Obama-bots.
Now stand by for the screaming from the Anti-environment greed department. Even
though the land available for tar sand development is six times greater than
what is off limits.