Posted on March 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Existing uses would continue in popular boating and fishing area
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After a year-long grassroots process, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) says the proposed 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument is ready for prime time.
Udall, who chairs the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, this week introduced a draft bill that would also create 10,500 acres of wilderness within the monument and protect the most-used rafting destination in the country.
“I am proposing a new national monument for Browns Canyon so that future generations of Coloradans can enjoy the unique mix of exciting whitewater and wilderness so close to Colorado’s Front Range,” Udall said in a statement. Continue reading
Filed under: BLM, Colorado, Environment, national parks, public lands, rivers | Tagged: Browns Canyon, Bureau of Land management, Colorado, Mark Udall, public lands, United States Senate | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Steep, burned hillsides in the Waldo Canyon burn area need more treatment, but Congress this week cut critical funding for watershed protection and restoration. Photo courtesy PSICC.
Partisan budget bickering continues
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Some of Colorado’s elected officials in Washington, D.C. are fuming over the latest partisan budget maneuvering, which included a move by the House GOP to cut funding that would have helped fire-scarred areas in the state protect their watersheds.
“It was wrong for the House to remove Colorado fire recovery funding from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act,” Democratic Congressman Jared Polis. “Colorado experienced the worst wildfire season on record last year and our communities deserve a helping hand. If the House had passed the Senate disaster relief funding measure this money would already be on its way to Colorado.”
Monday night, Polis offered a motion that would have allowed consideration of the amendment on the floor of the House during a session of the Rules Committee, but it was defeated on a party line vote of 9-4. The emergency funding measure passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 241-180. Continue reading
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Posted on December 19, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
CO2: Up, up and away ...
Grassroots activists help convince Senate to drop anti-environmental bills
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — An attempt by old-school politicians to block EPA greenhouse gas regulations failed in the U.S. Senate last week in part after a flood of e-mail from voters and constituents responding to an online appeal from the Environmental Defense Fund.
In a Dec. 17 press release, the group said at least 10,000 people contacted their elected representatives to demand that the Senate drop a bill that would have undercut the EPA. authority to control carbon dioxide, methane and other heat-trapping gases. The agency ruled last year that greenhouse gases pose a threat to the welfare of Americans, and began developing regulations based on that endangerment finding. As soon as next month, power plants and other big polluters will have to get permits for emitting greenhouse gases.
While Congress can’t find the political will to act on global warming in a meaningful way, at least some federal lawmakers are unwilling to let the EPA do the job — and guess who is leading the charge? It’s not that hard — just follow the trail of oil and coal, and the money associated with those industries. Continue reading
Filed under: global warming, op-ed | Tagged: coal, Environmental Defense Fund, EPA greenhous gas regulations, global warming, Greenhouse gas, greenhouse gases, Jay Rockefeller, Lisa Jackson, Lisa Murkowski, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Senate, US senate cimate change | Leave a comment »