Poster Child | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Poster Child 

Also: Dirty Business, Finding Balance

Pin It
Favorite

miss_1.jpg
Poster Child
If kids are the future, then it makes sense to start targeting them now with political propaganda. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining recently held an Earth Day poster contest for elementary school children with the theme, “Where would we be without oil, gas and mining?” The contest was sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. And, gee, this is the second year running for the contest, which the division spokesman says is meant to “improve awareness” of the important role that oil, gas and mining play. And he noted that alternative energy won’t be able to meet the demand for energy in the future. Well, with that attitude, it certainly won’t. Meanwhile, Utah Moms for Clean Air is sponsoring an alternative poster contest: “Explore the economic, environmental and health costs of fossil fuels on Utah.” Color them mad.

miss_1.jpg
Dirty Business
While the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is shining its spotlight on the wonders of fossil fuels, it might just want to turn its attention to safety and maintenance. Chevron Pipe Line Company is at it again, trying to clean up yet another oil spill from an aging pipeline. This time, it was Willard Bay taking on 27,000 gallons of diesel. The Salt Lake Tribune writes that The National Response Center has reported 293 Utah pipeline incidents over 23 years, and 44 of those were Chevron’s. The company has had to pay millions in fines and cleanup costs, and has been trying to sell off its 760-mile pipeline. It’s no doubt difficult to monitor the old pipeline, but Chevron might consider putting its money upfront for maintenance instead of waiting for disaster.

hit_1.jpg
Finding Some Balance
Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright wants to explore changing the state’s caucus system or risk a statewide initiative to make primaries more inclusive. Indeed, the GOP caucuses have fallen into the hands of the right wing and ousted popular incumbents like Bob Bennett and Olene Walker. Delegate elections are stacked by the far right, maybe because no normal conservative wants to deal with the vitriol. But the funniest part of this effort is the charge that initiative-backer LaVarr Webb is wealthy enough to make it happen. Hey, initiatives in Utah are almost impossible, and the Legislature is always up for making them more difficult. Not even former U.S. Rep. Merrill Cook, R-Utah, and his former millions could push some of them forward. But, oddly, Cook is lobbying against the initiative now, saying it’s up for the highest bid. Is someone paying for signatures?

Twitter: @KathyBiele

Pin It
Favorite

More by Katharine Biele

  • Citizen Revolt: Nov. 22

    Come together for Harvey Milk and gay rights, help save Proposition 2, and learn winning campaign strategies.
    • Nov 21, 2018
  • Housing Disconnect

    Utah's housing crunch and its misplaced priorities, the fight to ban conversion therapy, and is ranked-choice voting something else in disguise?
    • Nov 21, 2018
  • Citizen Revolt: Nov. 15

    Learn about our country's present dangers and future of democracy, march for animal rights, and help the homeless stay warm this winter.
    • Nov 14, 2018
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • Housing Disconnect

    Utah's housing crunch and its misplaced priorities, the fight to ban conversion therapy, and is ranked-choice voting something else in disguise?
    • Nov 21, 2018
  • Libertarian Utah

    Utahns make it known how they feel about taxes, the good and bad from San Juan County, and another setback for the Cottonwood Mall site.
    • Nov 14, 2018
  • Too Little, Too Much

    The state revisits its sex-ed guidelines, the benefits of having two daily newspapers and a former mayor takes up a new fight.
    • Nov 7, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Dear Jon

    A letter to Jon Huntsman Jr., more kids means fewer taxes in Utah and some perspective on the inland port debate.
    • Jul 25, 2018
  • Unfair Fire, FYI and Take the Toll

    If you Google "the right way to fire someone," chances are the University of Utah won't pop up.
    • Apr 26, 2017

© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation