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Letter: Utah values business over natural resources
First Published Apr 02 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 02 2014 04:37 pm

As a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City now in my 50s, I have witnessed the relentless degradation of Utah’s natural resources and the ongoing capitulation to industry and big business that have become standard practice in Utah politics.

Utah’s governor and legislative leaders believe that expanding refineries, green-lighting corporate polluters and producing toxic energy is good for the economy. Apparently, the economy, corporate taxes and lobbyist bribes are of greater importance than the long-term well-being of their constituents.

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Consider the following:

Tim DeChristopher got in the way of the almighty dollar, which is the real god Utah politicians worship, regardless of their professed devotion to deity.

The goblin topplers didn’t desecrate the altar of capitalism, just an irreplaceable natural wonder. That’s why they dodged jail time.

Drilling the hell out of our public lands is somehow good for us. God help us if they ever get their hands on our federal lands or national parks.

Endangered species are just an inconvenient roadblock to "development."

There is no longer a true frontier, which means that what little wilderness remains is all we have left with which to fuel our human imaginations. We can’t afford to lose it.

David E. Jensen


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