No matter what path it might take, a Uinta Basin Railway is a horrible idea.

The railway would quadruple oil production in the Uinta Basin, where people are already choking on dangerously dirty air thanks to fossil fuel extraction.

It would subsidize more fossil-fuel development at a time when reversing global warming is more pressing than ever.

It would send hundreds of toxic trains every day through Utah and Colorado communities that would see little to no benefit.

It’s already consuming Community Impact Board funds that should be going toward fire stations, road repairs and other services that benefit Utah residents.

And the railway would be a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle.

When will Utah start investing in the future instead of continuing to sink money into the fossil-fuel energies of the past?

Ryan Beam, Salt Lake City