Category Archives: Energy

A reminder of Utah’s lost energy opportunities

This just in! There’s energy in the ground, and there’s money and jobs to be had in energy. OK, maybe that’s old news. Not that it matters that much in Utah anyway, where the ground is mostly owned by the … Continue reading

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Keeping petrodollars at home – and out of tyrants’ hands

Imagine a world freed from the extortive effects of energy dependence. Advanced democracies wouldn’t be obliged to prop up petty tyrants who abuse their subjects and scoff at civil society. Hate-filled despots intent upon exporting violence and imposing their twisted … Continue reading

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New report: Energy development on federal lands could add $6.7B to Utah’s economy

A report released today by the Sutherland Institute Center for Self-Government in the West finds that, based on high-, medium-, and low-usage scenarios, the state’s economy could add between about $1.2 billion and $6.7 billion and 9,400 to 58,000 jobs … Continue reading

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Fracking is good for Utah

So what’s all the fuss about fracking? Its most vocal opponents charge that fracking will burn your water, pollute your air, and cause the very ground to shift beneath you. The oil and gas industry, and many of those who … Continue reading

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Interim Day at the Legislature: Utah's energy economy

Energy production and development (especially fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas) are valuable parts of Utah’s economy, according to a report that the governor’s energy adviser gave to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee. The … Continue reading

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Utah’s fuel act: Helping gas stations at your expense?

  Many people – citizens and lawmakers – would think it ridiculous for government to prohibit R.C. Willey from giving away hot dogs and soda Saturday mornings as an enticement for passers-by to look at furniture. They might also object … Continue reading

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Will the economics of nuclear energy work for Utah?

  This morning, during part three of Sutherland’s series of policy forums called “Is Utah Ready for Nuclear Energy?” a panel of experts discussed the economics of nuclear power generation. A Utah company is currently working to build a nuclear … Continue reading

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Does Utah have enough water to support a nuclear power plant?

Yesterday, Sutherland hosted the second of three forums on nuclear energy in Utah. In this session, we discussed water requirements and water resources needed in the proposed nuclear power plant near Green River, Utah. Sutherland President Paul Mero interviewed three water experts, … Continue reading

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