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2- San Miguel Basin Forum, Thursday, May 21,2009 Obituaries: Puderbaugh, Romero Mary Rachel Cooper Puderbaugh Suzanne Redd, of Paradox, their six 1920 - 2009 children, Nathan, Steven. Mathew and Lifelong Nucla resident, Mary Jonathan, Elizabeth and Rebecca; two Rachel Cooper Puderbaugh, age 88, sisters, Joyce Lomax and Mina Voss, passed away at Villa Grande Care . of Montrose. Center in Grand Junction early Preceding Mary in death were her Tuesday morning, April 28, 2009. husbali~l, Thomas Phillip, oldest son Mary was born in Nucla on Samuel Wilber, third son David John, December 11, 1920, the second child her brothers James Franklin Cooper of Wiibert James Cooper and Alice and Neddie Ben Cooper. Myrtle (Fry) Cooper, of Nucla and Mary Rachel will be missed by Ute. her loving family and friends.- Mary attended summer school for Callahan Edfast Mortuary han- four years at Ute before transferring died the death announcement. No ser- to seventh and eighth grades in Nucla. vice is planned at this time. She then graduated from Nucla High Jane D. O'hara Romero School. 1930 - 2009 Mary married Thomas Phillip Jane D. O'hara Romero died May Puderbaugh, also of Nucla, on January 14, 2009. Services were Wednesday, 14. 1939. in Montrose. They moved May 20, at 11 AM. at the Pentecostal to the Puderbangh Ranch home on Church in Naturita, with Pastor Dan Second Park for a number of years and Williams officiating. Burial was at raised livestock and winged animals, the Norwood Cemetery. Sunset Mesa Tom was employed in the uranium Funeral Home, of Montrose, handled mining and drilling business in the the arrangements. surrounding boondocks. Tom was a She was born on April 3, 1930. diamond core driller. She was a CNA and loved hunting Later, they moved to town to and fishing. She loved life and read her Bible daily. make it closer to the football games Survivors include a sister, Edna for their three boys, Sammy, Tommy and Edna's eight children; a sister-in- and David. Mary was an avid football law Della and her six children; sister- supporter in every way. in-law Emily and her three children; Survivors include Mary's middle brother Austin, his wife Rose, and son, Thomas Puderbaugh, of Grand their daughter; brother Tom, his wife Junction and Idaho, ex-daughter-in- Nancy, and their five children; 19 law, Rae Borden Puderbangh, their son great-nieces, 22 great-great nieces, Christopher, of Grand Junction, their 10 great nephews and 9 great-great daughter, Dr. Marybeth Puderbaugh nephews. Miller, her husband and daughter, She was preceded in death by her of Pennsylvania: Sammy's ex-wife, brothers, Bill and Bob. Remembering Dale Williams Diana Starks, along with her daughters Tonee Lawrence and Sara Luster, would like to invite Dale's friends to come to a potluck picnic and a celebration of his life on Sunday, May 24, at the Naturita Town Park. starting at 12-30 pm. Bring a dish, beverages, and your ~torie~ of Dale. The family looks forward to this time of memories and sharing, Guest Editorial Economic Strangulation: The Environmentalist/Democrat War Against Energy By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson The "greens" must be thrilled with the neff Obama/Pelosi/Reid (OPR) troika in charge of the federal government. Three times already, the troika has blocked the development of .domestic oil resources. During his first week in office, President Obama rescinded his predecessor's executive order permitting drilling on the continental shelf and in the Green River Formation. Both areas contain abundant oil--especially Green River (under Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah), which has recoverable shale-oil reserves three times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Several weeks later, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unilaterally canceled 77 oil and gas leases in Utah, on the grounds that (I kid you not) someone might catch a glimpse of temporary drilling equipment from the national park that sits more than a mile away. Next, on March 25, the House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (S. 22) which, among many other things, adds two million more acres to the 107 million acres of protected wilderness already owned by the federal government. (In all, Uncle Sam owns 607 million acres of land.) The main purpose of this law is to preventthe exploration and extraction of oil and gas frointhese lands, which are estimated to have 300 million barrels of oil and 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas under them. In addition to increasing American dependence on foreign oil by thwarting such domestic development, the OPR/ green alliance desires the imposition of expensive cap-and-trade rules to discourage utilities from using coal, which cur- rently provides nearly half of America's electricity. As Obama candidly explained to the San Francisco Chronicle during his presidential campaign, "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can [but cap-and-trade] will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted." Of course, this anti-fossil fuel agenda is nothing new for green Democrats. This group has long resisted drilling in a tiny sliver of the remote, desolate Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And even the relatively moderate Clinton administra- tion, after designating natural gas as its environmentally responsible fossil fuel of choice, conferred wilderness designation on the western lands that contained some of the richest targets for natural-gas exploration. The super-green Obama administration plans to replace fossil fuels with alternative fuels. The last time we went down this road, President Carter managed to blow several billion dollars on failed attempts to produce economically viable syn- thetic fuels (remember "Synfuels?") and foisted the ongoing ethanol boondoggle on us. Corn=based ethanol, even 30 years later, still requires massive government subsidies, is useless for achieving energy independence. It consumes nearly as much, and perhaps more, energy to produce it than it yields in our fuel tanks. It is also the least environmentally friendly fuel we use, increasing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause smog, using up precious water sup- plies, and requiring the tilling of millions of acres of wildlife habitat. Ah, but the good news is that the current generation of green leaders will take us to the fabled land of wind and solar energy. Apart from the daunting economics--it is likely that these energy sources will stilt require government subsidies several decades hence, as ethanol does today,. Think of the environmental impact of these allegedly superior energy sources: Solar energy requires vast territories for solar cells--as many as 46,000 square miles would have to be covered by solar panels. One logical place for a "solar energy farm" would be the wide-open, sunshine-rich, sparsely populated Mojave Desert. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) already has nixed that possibility in the name of wilderness protection. As a frustrated Gov. Schwarzenegger lamented, if you can't put solar panels in the Mojave Desert, then where can you put them? Wind energy also runs into the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome. Besides the legitimate environmental concern about the Way windmills slice up birds and create low-pressure zones that explode the lungs of bats, environmen- talists have started to block transmission networks that would tie the energy generated by windmills to the power grid. This reminds me of the congressman who voted for funding of a ship-borne weapon because the weapon is manufactured in his district, but then voted against funding the construction of the only ships that use that particular weapon in order to appeal to antiwar voters. This green agenda is more than absurd, it is sinister. The real goal of greens is not "clean energy" but less energy. Energy is essential to economic progress, and many greens want to halt and reverse economic progress. Some radical greens have praised Fidel Castro for de-developing Cuba. A1 Gore wrote in his book "Earth in the Balance" that U.S. policy should aim for slower economic growth. President Obama's chief science advisor John Holdren's top two environmental goals are to shrink the human pop~ation and to stow economic growth. So here we are, in the midst of a severe economic crisis, and the ruling party is pursuing an anti-energy agenda that would further cripple econonaic activity. They seem oblivious to the fact that poverty is the most lethal environment for human beings. (Life expectancy in the United States declined during the Great Depression.) What a grim price we will pay for the green agenda. Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson ts an adjunct faculty member, economist, and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. 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