State of Utah Archives: on Energy & Oil

Misty Snow: Directly tax coal, to fund solar and wind

Coal remains the number one source of electricity in this country. In Utah, coal accounts for nearly 80% of the electricity produced in the state. Coal is a significant contributor to the notoriously bad air experienced in places such as Salt Lake County and Utah County, which are already susceptible to inversions.

Furthermore, coal often has high levels of mercury that contaminates our air and our water. This can impact the quality of our drinking water, as well as harming the wildlife that depend upon Utah's waterways. Some of those same birds and fish are also hunted and fished by local sportsmen, leading to mercury-contaminated fish and poultry ending up on Utahans' dinner plates.

If we want to clean up our water and our air, we need to start phasing out coal and other polluting sources of energy. The best way to do that is by directly taxing these sources of pollution, and then using those funds to make the investments into cleaner sources of energy like solar and wind.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Foolish to think coal & oil will continue to power the globe

As your governor, I will look out for the needs of all Utahns, not the special interests that tell the legislature and governor what to do. I also recognize that we need to work with, not against, the energy industry to improve our air while ensuring quality jobs for Utah residents.

We can not and should not walk away coal and oil industries overnight, but it is foolish to think these energy sources will be able to continue to power the globe. Rural Utah in particular stands to play a powerful role in creating the next generation of energy production if we make the right decisions today. Instead of sending $54 million to California for a coal port, we should be investing in solar and other forms of renewable energy.

Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Dan Liljenquist: Develop our own resources in this country

We should be developing our own resources in this country instead of being dependent on foreign oil, a precarious situation that threatens our national security. Developing Utah's and our nation's vast natural resources is essential to being self-reliant. We have the capability to be completely independent in our energy resources and we need the ability to move forward on all fronts.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, May 24, 2012

Gary Herbert: Utah is energy-independent; now export oil & nuclear

Utah's energy industries create tens of thousands of jobs, and tax revenues from energy-related jobs amounted to over $200 million dollars last year alone. Utah has been abundantly blessed with massive reserves of energy resources. We are a state that is largely energy independent. In fact, we are a net exporter of electricity. While many other states, and indeed our nation, have compromised or abandoned their energy independence, here in Utah, WE WILL NOT! We simply cannot put the economic fate of futur generations in peril by relying upon others for our energy needs.

Last year I called for the development of a ten-year strategic energy plan for Utah. Our reliance upon traditional fuels is being challenged. Yes, renewable energies such as wind, solar, and geothermal, will play an expanding and important role. However, the "base load"--the very foundation of Utah's energy-will, most assuredly, be provided by either fossil or nuclear fuels. Every state has to face that simple reality.

Source: 2011 Utah State of the State Address Jan 26, 2011

Gary Herbert: Develop natural gas resources while protecting local culture

A much-needed new "state of mind" was recently successfully demonstrated by conservation groups, the Bureau of Land Management, Indian tribes, local governments and oil drilling companies. These groups came together to protect priceless Indian rock art in Nine Mile Canyon, while still allowing for responsible development of Utah's natural gas resources. This is a prime example of how partnership, combined with leadership, can achieve measurable results for our state.
Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

Gary Herbert: No importation of foreign nuclear waste into Utah

Let me be clear: I remain opposed to the importation of foreign nuclear waste into Utah. Certainly, the challenges of being a state with a federally permitted nuclear waste disposal facility are complex and ongoing. My responsibilities on these issues, on the other hand, are quite simple, and they will not be compromised. As Governor, I will use all available state resources within the law to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Utahns, now and for generations to come.
Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

Jon Huntsman: Make Utah the premier destination for renewable energy

If we are going to take air quality seriously, which we must for the sake of the next generation, we must be bold; we must be visionary. Our aspirations should be nothing short of extraordinary.

Just as Wall Street is known for finance and Silicon Valley for technology, by 2012, I believe Utah can become the premier destination in America for renewable energy!

And don't tell me it can't be done! In just this past year alone, we have witnessed in Utah the opening of a solar farm, a hydroelectric plant, a wind farm and a geothermal plant. To support this energy development, innovation at our higher education campuses is running at an all-time high, like technologies that will ensure the long-term viability of our abundant natural resources. The University of Utah is now second only to MIT in commercialization of cutting-edge research.

Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address Jan 27, 2009

Mike Leavitt: Ban nuclear waste & fuel rods from the state

Let our voices be heard: We do not want high-level nuclear waste here, and we will continue to use every legal, environmental, legislative and political tool available to ban nuclear fuel rods from this state. I fully endorse the legislation which will outlaw these companiesí use of our resources, keep them from getting services and tax them to the fullest extent allowable under the constitution. There will be no compromise here.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Utah legislature Jan 16, 2001

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