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Slow the Flows

Posted - Dec. 8, 2004 at 11:09 a.m.



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The “slow the flow” theme seems to have caught on in the arid Beehive State. When they hear the phrase, we suspect most Utahns know it is an admonition to use less water. And for the good of all, that’s what’s been happening.

It wouldn’t hurt to expand the meaning of the catchy phrase! Indeed, it is time to “slow the flows!” Besides water, all of us need to think more seriously about slowing the flow of energy producing consumables, especially gasoline.

Experts say the relatively high gas prices we’ve experienced of late are here to stay. Any modest dip will be fleeting. The reasons are quite simple. Demand, worldwide, is strong and expanding. Supplies remain constrained. Moreover, the risk of disruption in the supply and delivery system is high.

So, if consumers want to maintain, if not lower what it costs them to get around, they’re going to have to do it through conservation. That means cutting back on miles traveled. It means consolidating errands. It means turning toward more fuel-efficient vehicles. It means more use of mass transit. In short, it means using a vital non-renewable resource more efficiently.

Clearly, Utahns have demonstrated their ability to slow the flow of water. KSL believes there is similar value in slowing the flow of motor fuel.

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