Posted on January 26, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Conservation plan proposes 12 million acres of new wilderness
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Alaska’s North Slope.
FRISCO — A far-reaching conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska would designate 12 million acres of new wilderness, including critical wildlife habitat along the coastal plains that are home to vast herds of caribou.
On the White House blog, John Podesta and Mike Boots directly addressed the potential threat and disastrous consequences of a major oil spill in the region.
President Obama said he will make an official recommendation to Congress to designate core areas of the refuge – including its Coastal Plain – as wilderness, the highest level of protection available to public lands. Watch the President discuss the announcement here.
If Congress chooses to act, it would be the largest ever wilderness designation since Congress passed the Wilderness Act more than 50 years ago — but that’s highly unlikely with GOP control of Congress. In fact, Alaska’s pro-development lawmakers have already over-reacted by characterizing the announcement as a war on Alaska’s future, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, which has the best coverage of the story. Continue reading
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Posted on January 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The White House and Congress are set to clash over the Keystone XL pipeline.
Court rulings, State Department decision still pending on controversial fossil fuel project
FRISCO — Republicans in Congress may be falling all over themselves in their haste to please the fossil fuel industry by passing a bill seeking to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but the White House is saying not so fast.
This week, the Obama administration signaled that it won’t sign a pipeline bill, which would “circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether cross-border pipelines serve the national interest,” and “cut short consideration of important issues relevant to the national interest,” according to a White House statement. Continue reading
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Posted on November 25, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Gridlock in Congress prompts request for designation
There’s a new push to create a national monument along the Arkansas River.
FRISCO — Citing gridlock in Congress, Colorado’s U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have asked President Obama to consider designating Browns Canyon, in Chaffee County, as a national monument under the Antiquities Act.
The request comes as Congress has all but ignored a huge backlog of public lands bills primarily based on ideological opposition to land protection measures by House Republican committee chairs.
According to Udall and Bennet’s Nov. 25 letter to President Obama, community leaders in the Browns Canyon area suggested the Antiquities Act path, recognizing the significant economic benefits of the designation for regional tourism-based businesses. Continue reading
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Posted on November 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Agency cites increases of extreme weather, drought and flooding in call for public comment
A NASA map shows global temperature anomalies for Aug. 2013.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — At this point, most people know that global warming is already having tangible impacts on their day-to-day lives, from more intense heatwaves to destructive coastal flooding and longer wildfire seasons.
But it’s not always easy to figure what, if anything, can be done. To help communities in different parts of the country, the EPA is developing climate change adaptation implementation plans, with detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate. Continue reading
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Posted on September 21, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Common-sense standards easily met with current technology
Global warming trends since 1950 are unmistakeable.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Dovetailing with the upcoming new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the EPA this week issues sweeping new rules that could help cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA proposed setting standards that would cap carbon pollution from new gas and coal-fired plants. At the same time, the agency is seeking stakeholder input to set carbon pollution standards for existing plants. Continue reading
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Posted on March 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
GOP goes ballistic over use of Antiquities Act
Rio Grande with Ute Mountain © Adriel Heisey.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — In the midst of ongoing partisan battles over the budget and public land policy gridlock, President Barack Obama this week plans to designate five new national monuments, including a big swath of land around the Rio Grande River in northern New Mexico.
Conservation advocates welcomed the news, especially after a congressional session that yielded very little in the way of land conservation — the first Congress not to create any new wilderness in half a century. Continue reading
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