In his State of the State address, Governor Herbert strongly objected to Federal Restrictions on "responsible" development of energy resources in Utah. There is nothing "responsible" about any further development of archaic methods of producing energy, such as coal burning.
In a recent EPA study, it has been shown that: "Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010....The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 mostly coal-fired power plants in 15 states account for the top-releasing facilities." (Ref: AP January 2011). Two of these 20 coal plants are here in Utah!
The Federal Government has very appropriate and important roles to play here:
1) It is irresponsible to continue to generate power using old and environmentally dangerous methods, especially by burning coal;
2) It is irresponsible to continue destruction of irreplaceable national treasures by allowing coal strip mining near Bryce Canyon or any National Park.
The "jobs" reason for coal mining is incorrect; better paying less dangerous jobs can be found right now through responsible energy development.