A state agency has no business sponsoring a children's poster contest that promotes a particular private industry when that industry and its products have negative effects that the contest completely ignores.
The poster contest titled "Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?" is sponsored by oil producers and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. It offers a $500 reward to a student in each elementary grade who most enthusiastically illustrates the benefits of mined resources.
To make this nefarious bit of propaganda even worse, the contest is connected to Earth Day. Children on that day should be learning how precious and fragile their environment is and how the burning of fossil fuels is raising the planet's temperature and fouling the air we breathe the opposite message of the one being promoted.