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well, start with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and go from there. Add to that billions in tax breaks, direct subsidies, public land giveaways, federally built and maintained roads and railroads, massive federal health care costs, and the costs associated with adapting to and/or rebuilding after weather events exacerbated by a warming climate. Oh, and the minor hundreds of millions that the federal government invested in developing fracking technology. But other than those minor things, you're right, fossil fuels thrive in an entirely free market unprotected and unsupported by federal policies or subsidies.
Daily - the same wallet that helps fund the subsidies that go to propping up the coal, oil, and gas industries and the same wallet that funds the massive health care and environmental costs that are externalities of these industries. I like the quote from Ms. Nelson above, why not give consumers choices and let them decide?
Typical Moffat County "doublespeak" from Joe Bird. The same people who complain about "regulation" and pretend to be advocates for the free market are the same guys who try to keep competition out of the market to protect their favorite industries.
Good for YVEA for looking into this opportunity to diversify our energy portfolio, however small, and begin to prepare us for the future.
Mr. Kinkaid and others on the County Commission can either keep their heads in the sand and hope that somebody digs them out, or they can pull them out and start looking around for new ways to diversify our economy in the region. These guys are a disgrace to the western mentality...instead of striking out and trying to make a new and better world for all of us and our children, these guys cling to their old myths and faulty notions...hoping that the facts will change before their opinions do. Someday, the citizens of Moffat County will look back on the people we've elected to speak for us and laugh, until then all we can do is cringe.
Denial, defensiveness, and resistance to outside opinions. Sounds like typical "Real West" "Craig, America" ignorance to me.
Not to mention Audrey Danner's recent campaign ads that claim that we "have less control over our natural resources than ever before". What do you say now, Commissioner?
Wait, but Mr. Romney told us that thanks to Obama coal was dying in NW Colorado? Oh, that's right. He was pandering. The fact is that coal, natural gas, and oil (along with renewables) are all on the rise region-wide. So much for that...
Thanks Daily Press for adding a new comedy piece to the opinion pages. This is hilarious!
America may be at a crossroads, but if Mr. Whiney and his fear-mongering conspiracy-theorists at the Tea Baggers Party were in control America wouldn't take either path, they'd just turn around and go backwards.
Yet another example of the Commission thinking the rules apply to everybody but them. The article says they signed an MOU and then blatantly violated it by making this "idea" public. And it's funny how they believe in private property rights except when they don't agree with private property rights. Real stand-up folks. It'll be great to see these weasels hit the high (or more likely the low) road in November.
These commissioners are like the parent who doesn't want the doctor to tell them that there kid is deaf because then they'd have to deal with it. Ignorance is bliss, and there are at least a couple blissful fools in the Commissioner's office.
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