Unused carbon

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In "Utah deserves to own federal land" (Opinion, Jan. 3), Jonathan Johnson implied that there's an overstock of fossil carbon under our public lands that are irrationally locked out of the market, to our detriment.

There's indeed an overstock of fossil carbon, but it's the one in the atmosphere, now cooking the planet.

What remains in the ground is an understock, and most of it must stay there, for the sake of all future generations.

Jon Seger

Salt Lake City