This is an editorial from the Salt Lake Tribune. May 24. 2008.

Cost of drilling: Wells threaten tourism, hunting and natural beauty

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

6 Responses to Cost of drilling: Wells threaten tourism, hunting and natural beauty

  1. avatar jack rogers says:

    Hey, the Republicans need their V-8 engines. You don’t actually expect them to give up the power just to save nature, do you?

  2. avatar Scott says:

    I am suprised by the notion that the US could contribute enough oil or gas to the global market to move the price. That is why I laugh (a sad laugh) when I hear cries to drill in ANWR or anywhere else, so that our cost of oil will somehow be reduced by this puny input into the global supply. This is similar to the idea that somehow the oil companies are responsible for the high cost of oil. If only.

  3. avatar SmokyMtMan says:

    Jack, I wasn’t aware that Democrats didn’t drive cars or heat their homes with electricity or gas. How did Ralph get to Nevada last week? How does everyone on this forum get to Yellowstone?

    By horse? Nah, they get in their cars, like they do every day for one reason or another, and drive. Our country isn’t like Denmark or Spain, where you can drive across their entire country in an a few hours.

    The U.S. standards of living are very high indeed, and we are simply paying for them. $4 a gallon for gas doesn’t bother me one bit. Truthfully, the higher the price of oil goes, the quicker and more sincere will be America’s push for alternative energy.

  4. avatar JB says:

    “…the higher the price of oil goes, the quicker and more sincere will be America’s push for alternative energy.”

    I couldn’t agree more. Hopefully this will finally convince car companies to stop making giant SUVs and start pumping out plugin electric vehicles. I’m tired of oil men growing rich off my dime.

  5. avatar Monty says:

    JB & SmokeyMTMan, right on! I don’t mind paying higher prices for gasoline because, for the past 20 years, I have purchased cars, based not on horse power or glitter, but on mpg. Plus I still use my body parts for mowing my lawn as I have a “push” lawn mower. Yes, I known that the above sounds a “touch superior” but what the hell.

  6. avatar timz says:

    “and start pumping out plugin electric vehicles.”
    Which will require more coal-fired power plants and figuring a way to dispose of those nasty batteries. All alternative energy sources come with their own set of problems. We should all just walk or get a bicycle.

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