• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Pace decries Rep. Tipton’s environmental record, energy strategy

The environment’s relationship to the economy is a key theme for Sal Pace, minority leader in the Colorado House, as he challenges incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton for a seat in Congress.

In an interview with The Colorado Independent, the Democrat rebuked Tipton’s environmental record while accusing his opponent of putting corporate interests above those of American citizens.

“I don’t think he is terribly concerned about our natural habitat and our natural environment and that has pretty severe effects on our economies,” Pace said. “If Scott Tipton has his way and if his policies were to become law, communities like Gunnison or Steamboat that depend on recreation and tourism — which includes having clean water to raft in and beautiful mountains to ski on and an outstanding outdoors environment for people to mountain bike in — would be at risk. I don’t see it just as some sort of theoretical debate of whether we should protect our environment. I see this as a pretty clear-cut debate on whether we are going to protect our economy on the Western Slope or not. Scott Tipton doesn’t seem very concerned about fighting to protect our outdoor recreation-based economies.”

Messages left for Tipton’s spokesman were not returned and previous requests for a rebuttal to environmental groups who have sharply criticized the congressman’s record have gone unanswered.

Pace specifically called out H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, that Tipton and 30 other GOP congressmen are co-sponsoring, including Colorado Reps. Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman.

“It’s a giveaway of 16 million acres of pristine wildlife habitat,” Pace said. “Currently 76 percent of our National Forests and BLM lands are open to development. This would be giving a blank check to corporations on our public lands and would threaten our water supplies. By opening up an area the size of Wyoming, H.R. 1581 poses a real threat to clean water in many parts of the country and clean air could also suffer because these wild lands play a critical role in filtering pollution and providing clean air to millions of Americans. Scott Tipton seems like he is more beholden to major corporations than he is to the citizens of the United States. These areas, these wilderness study areas and these inventory roadless areas, all over CD3 are supported by local counties, local county commissioners and by local elected officials. Scott Tipton, by taking a federal one-size-fits-all approach, is taking a position in direct contradiction to the position that maybe a dozen counties on the Western Slope have taken.”

Although he wouldn’t support H.R. 1581 “under any circumstances,” Pace said he is unsure if he fully supports the Colorado Roadless Rule, which a cross-section of groups have worked on for six years. He did, however, deem it as a superior piece of legislation in comparison to H.R. 1581 and he noted that it has drawn support from former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as well as conservative groups like Club 20. In fact, one of his biggest critiques of H.R. 1581 is that it would undo the work put into the state rule.

Tipton, meanwhile, has defended his support of H.R. 1581 by saying the “bill will release the wilderness study areas which were recommended as not suitable for wilderness designation by the land management agencies with jurisdiction over those given areas.” The congressman also previously told the Colorado Independent that the state-specific roadless rule would prevent too much access to forests.

“While the rule, in large part, addresses the need for access and use in lower tier areas which was absent in the 2001 rule, the implementation of ‘upper tier’ areas could have serious consequences for our ability to maintain healthy and secure ecosystems and to provide fire mitigation to ensure safety and to prevent the loss of life,” Tipton said of the Colorado Roadless Rule.

Pace also blasted Tipton’s endorsement of an “all of the above” strategy for energy production.

“It’s sort of a rhetorical position he’s taken where he’s saying ‘all of the above’ but in reality he only means certain types of energy,” Pace said. “He’s never done anything to push forward renewable energy or wind or solar or to encourage alternative means of energy development.”

Informed of H.R. 2842, aka The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011, which Tipton introduced last week, Pace said he was unaware of it. The bill would “authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development.”

“My concern is that hydro should be done in a way that it doesn’t affect stream quality, water quality and doesn’t impact the natural habitat of the watersheds,” Pace said.

The state House minority leader said he favors hydropower that has low environmental impacts. He pointed to Lake Pueblo as an existing facility that is suitable for generating megawatts of hydropower.

“I think we should have balance,” Pace said. “We can have natural resource extraction like mining and drilling but we also need to have hiking and fishing and kayaking and skiing and rock climbing and mountain biking. We have to have a balance. Tipton only believes in one extreme end of the spectrum.”

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.