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Letter: State should be promoting, building solar, wind projects
First Published Feb 28 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 28 2014 01:01 am

Unlike in the past, today we possess the solar and wind technology that would allow Utah to produce more clean energy than we could consume. Our government should be focusing on how to offer economic incentives for clean energy production, rather than helping utilities to make it more expensive.

Where are the massive wind and solar projects developed in the last 10 years along the Wasatch Front? The bottom line is: If we want clean air we have to wean ourselves from fossil fuels and start building green energy infrastructure with a passion ("Governor calls for action on cleaning up Utah air," Tribune, Jan. 29).

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It is wasteful of the taxpayer’s money to spend $18 million on research, rather than to spend that money on starting to build solar and wind projects. What does this research buy us? Since we know the solution, it is like throwing edible food in the trash.

The rhetoric from the governor in wanting cleaner air is empty if he won’t make serious investments in building wind and solar energy infrastructure. Germany has government economic incentives so that almost all citizens can afford to put solar panels on their property. How hard is that to do?

Scot Morgan

Salt Lake City

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