Opinions

The Sacketts and the EPA

It’s hard not to feel for Mike and Chantell Sackett, the Idaho couple who in 2007 saw their plans for a dream home on a remote Idaho lake kiboshed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Last week, when their case against the agency became the first case of 2012 to go before the U.S. Supreme...
January 17, 2012

Real job creation lies in power plant upgrades, not Keystone XL pipeline

The Republicans believe they have President Obama in a box: either he approves a controversial Canadian oil pipeline or they accuse him of depriving the nation of jobs. Mr. Obama can and should push back hard. The payroll tax cut bill, which Mr. Obama signed last month, gave him 60 days to decide...
January 5, 2012

Year in Review: Congress' 10 biggest enemies of the Earth

Republicans launched an unprecedented frontal assault against environmental protections and regulations this year, prompting Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to call his chamber "the most anti-environment House in history." Here are the 10 most powerful and outspoken opponents of clean air, clean water...
December 18, 2011

Is Indian Country at a turning point?

Politicians are required to be optimistic. It’s the first tool in their bag. And a president of the United States is even more optimistic than most politicians. It’s what we expect from our leader. President Barack Obama beamed that message at the White House Tribal Nations conference last week. He...
December 13, 2011

Yellowstone develops workable bison plan

Yellowstone National Park officials have developed a reasonable plan to remove up to 360 bison migrating from the park this winter. We hope the proposal isn’t derailed by either the state of Montana — which would like to see more bison available for hunting — or environmental groups that don’t want...
November 28, 2011

With energy boom on the way, Colorado needs to restore impact funds

As news circulates about vast oil and gas reserves across the Front Range, it's easy to envision the economic benefits of a drilling boom. But we can't help but wonder whether impacted communities will get the full, promised government support to build roads, schools and other infrastructure made...
November 20, 2011

Counties should let Colorado take the lead on fracking rules

We're not surprised that some Front Range counties are developing local regulations to govern oil and gas leasing as exploratory activity in the Niobrara formation begins to encroach on populated areas. Nor do we necessarily consider all such initiatives misguided. Energy development can involve...
November 9, 2011

'Wilderness Lite' wins the day

One of the last decades' most scintillating (that is, in the headachey confusing sense evoked by scintillating scotoma) enviro-legal ping-pong matches may finally be drawing to a close. On Friday, a three-judge panel at the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver effectively reinstated the...
October 27, 2011

Bighorn sheep at risk with Idaho rep's bill

In the late 1800s, Idaho’s bighorn sheep were killed nearly to extinction by overhunting, forage competition and diseases from domestic sheep. Today, there’s a new threat to Idaho’s bighorns — congressional derailment of science-based recovery efforts. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, authored a...
October 15, 2011

The Senate should agree to summer use of ski areas on federal land

A glimmer of good news came out of Washington this week for those of us who appreciate not only the beauty of Colorado's mountains, but the recreational opportunities they provide. The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act passed the House Monday on a vote of 394-0, receiving strong...
October 6, 2011
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