Opinions

The Colorado River's coming crisis

There's been a spate of news stories lately about how grim the water supply outlook is for the Colorado River, the lifeline for 30 million people in Colorado, six other states, and Mexico. And after a decade of persistently dry weather, the river does face challenging times. But amidst all the...
February 28, 2011

Public needs to get vocal about Grand Canyon mining proposal

Uranium mines don't belong anywhere near the Grand Canyon. Too much is at stake, including tourism, wildlife, air quality and the drinking water of 25 million people. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recognized the risks in 2009 when he put a two-year moratorium on new mines on 1 million acres of...
February 22, 2011

Bison slaughter a smoke screen for livestock industry

Deep snow in Yellowstone National Park is once again forcing bison to seek out winter range at lower elevation. In their search for exposed forage, bison naturally wander to snow-free lands outside of the park. Unfortunately for the bison, once they leave the park, they are killed by the Montana...
February 10, 2011

Wyoming must do more to address life post-glaciers

If there's any question whether climate change is having an impact in Wyoming, look no further than the high peaks of the Wind River Mountains, home to the largest glacial complex in the American Rocky Mountains. As detailed in last week's Star-Tribune series, "On Thinning Ice," the glaciers of the...
February 3, 2011

Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto: What Now?

A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as...
January 31, 2011

Grazing decisions disappoint environmental groups, ranchers in Idaho

Grazing was a hot issue last week and neither the environmental community nor the Idaho Cattle Association got what they wanted. First the environmentalists: The Obama administration tossed water on one of the reform initiatives that environmental groups have been pushing for 20 years — raising...
January 24, 2011

House GOP seek cuts to Energy Star, weatherization, advanced energy research, puppies

Congressional Republicans have been talking "spending cuts" for ... well, forever ... but for the most part they've been cagey about what specific programs they would cut. "Government spending" in the abstract is unpopular these days, but the programs government funds are generally popular. That's...
January 21, 2011

Colo. should carefully regulate uranium mining, milling

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this week approved a radioactive materials license for the $140 million Piñon Ridge Mill. The company says it also plans to open two mines, one in Mesa County and one in San Juan County, Utah, to provide ore for the mill. Mining and milling...
January 13, 2011

Historic Utah meadow no place for high-voltage power line

The Mountain Meadows Massacre and burial site is now a National Historic Landmark because it is a part of our nation’s history — a symbol of the courage of our pioneers, both Mormon and non-Mormon, who settled the western United States. For this reason alone, it holds significance for all of us. We...
January 5, 2011

Colorado wise to make pre-emptive move on wolverines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signaled it would one day add the animal to those protected by the Endangered Species Act. The agency says the wolverine, like the polar bear, already warrants protection due to climate change, but the feds say a warming climate doesn't yet...
December 28, 2010
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