Uncivil dialogue...
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I see negative comments written in the papers about the lack of protection of federal lands from the oil and gas industry for us here in southeastern Utah, and the poor or unfair representation by local officials because they don’t agree with the commenter’s point of view, and I shake my head in disbelief, if not utter astonishment.

Attacking people publicly is easy if you’re not accountable. I wonder if these folks have actually met with our local officials to discuss differences in a meaningful way. Or is it just better to throw a public tantrum for attention?

Take, for instance, the protestors on the matter of tar sands mining in the Book Cliffs. What petroleum-based products were they using up there? Tents? Camp stoves? Pre-packaged food? Plastic containers filled with water? Fuel for their cars? Computers and cameras to let the world know they were there to “protect the environment?”

It was hypocritical.

So, who is Big Oil and Gas? It is me. It is you. It is them.

I see a lot of resources being spent complaining about Big Oil and Gas, but not much on practical everyday items or solutions. What are the R&D environmentalists doing to make my life and your life better? The answer is not much.

Slogans such as, “We just need to protect the environment,” don’t resonate very well if I am sitting in the dark freezing because I don’t have heat to keep me warm in the winter.

If you think you are being ignored because you’re being a brat and throwing a tantrum, it might be time to change your behavior.

When you have something better to offer than Big Oil and Gas, then maybe I can start taking you seriously and stop shaking my head.

—Kelly M. Green


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