Electric Cars for Everyone? Not Quite Yet!

I do not subscribe to the mainstream global climate change theories. There are more holes in the current narrative than a factory full of Swiss cheese. But that does not mean that the environment is not important. It is, and our stewardship over the environment should always be of primary concern. To this end, I have added to my collection of vehicles a fully electric car and an electric motorcycle. Who can argue with zero emissions? They are interesting machines, making instant power and torque and functioning with the reliability…

What happened to Revolution Fuels’ coal-to-liquid facility?

Under the permit granted by a state agency in June of last year, Revolution Fuels would process specified barrels per day of liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha and diesel and jet fuel. A coal-to-liquid facility could have been in Carbon County for nearly 14 months. That’s according to an attorney representing one of two organizations challenging the state agency that gave approval to the facility, Revolution Fuels, LLC. “If Revolution Fuels wanted to go forward with the project, they could,” said Joro Walker, general counsel for Western Resource Advocates who is…

Who will tell farmers to conserve water?

We’ve known for quite some time that the vast majority of Utah’s water use goes to agriculture. There’s a compelling case to be made for modernizing water distribution systems and farming techniques to greatly reduce this usage. So far, though, nobody seems to want to be the person to start pushing it forward. The only public bill so far on conserving water usage, SB28, only addresses metering and tiered usage for culinary water use, not for farms and ranches. As much as we don’t want to impose new costs on…

Green energy will drain the GDP and Employment

Recently, the San Juan Record ran a story about the wind-farm projects in the Monticello Utah area. One point the article made was that the wind project that was being constructed by sPower would be a great asset to the county and the school district because of the property taxes they would be paying. “However, the impact goes beyond jobs. Every year, the wind farm will generate an estimated $200 in property tax for every student in the San Juan School District. In addition, it will also help pave roads, feed…

San Juan County wind farm hearings

The wind farm issue in San Juan County started as far back as 2003 and has lead to what appears to be USDA grant fraud, bankruptcy fraud, political payoffs, and special treatment. This entire wind farm mess in San Juan County is the result of federal renewable energy programs that have lead to this political corruption and appears to have ties to the Bishop’s land initiative. On November 10th San Juan County held a hearing addressing the complaints filed by Summit Wind  and the Northern Monticello Alliance  back in August of this year.  The allegations involved misconduct, favoritism, and mitigation issues as…

Utah’s Energy Revolution

When the history of the great recession is finally written, I suspect that America’s domestic energy revolution will be credited for pulling us out of it. As a country, primarily through the application of new extraction techniques and technologies that are unlocking heretofore inaccessible oceans of oil and natural gas, the United States of America is transforming itself into the dominant energy producer in the world. Within the next few years, America will not only become energy independent, but could also become the world’s largest energy exporter. Once again, American…

Global Warming Calisthenics and State Leadership

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I recently sat through a luncheon with House Speaker Becky Lockhart. Her usual sharp and witty self, we discussed a number of issues and leadership challenges that face Utah in the future. It was agreed that while there is much we are doing as a state, there is much left to do. Love it or hate it, Utah’s economic future is intrinsically joined with our ability to harvest natural resources, particularly energy resources. With the ever encroaching federal intrusions into states’ rights, particularly in the realm of control of federal…