Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne didn't like the law that required him to promptly protect public lands around the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. So he's getting rid of it. Citizens have only a few days to express their opposition.
With less than 100 days left in its life, the current administration has its hands full. The economy is on its scariest roller-coaster ride in generations. And we're still fighting two wars. You'd think the administration would be too busy to do anything else.
There's still a chance for the public - and the Governor - to weigh in for FULL protection of Colorado's spectacular roadless lands.
Colorado's more than 4 million acres of roadless national forest are at risk in the coming months because of an apparent alliance between our lame duck president, George W. Bush, and Colorado's Democratic governor, Bill Ritter.
They tell Colorado that proposed regulations will cripple the local economy, but investors are told that profits will still boom.
Doom? Or boom? Is it the best of times? Or the worst? The oil and gas industry is saying it's both. But they're very careful about who receives which message. And the truth is a lot closer to one message than the other.
The Bush administration has had a strange way of uniting folks in the West. In particular, hunters, sportsmen, local communities, local businesses and enviros have come together to fight back when the "drill it all" mentality of the oil businessman president ran into treasured publc lands.