Thunktank wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:57 pm
FredS wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:27 pm
Thousands of fish (carp and trout) died a few days ago in a section of the Poudre River that flows through town. I think it's due to horribly low flow (low oxygen) and abnormally high temperatures. Less snow pack from last winter and a very dry summer/fall has the river lower than I've ever seen it. Plus we had temps over 90 for almost a week at the end of September. Not good. I stopped fishing it a few weeks ago as the flow and temperature were stressful - to the fish - even up at higher elevations. The Crunchy's were quick to blame the die off on humans - fracking, housing developments, and global warming have all been cited. State officials are investigating.
As long as State officials investigate fracking, housing developments, and global warming they just might find the problem.
I know you joke, but it brings up an interesting point. CO isn't as liberal as CA but we'd give you a good run for the money.
We have thousands of government employees keeping an eye on fracking, housing developments, and emissions that contribute to climate change. But still. . .
There's a proposition on next months ballot that would increase the 'set back' of new oil and gas 'development projects' from 500' to 2500' from occupied buildings and other areas deemed 'vulnerable'. This would effectively prevent new drilling in Colorado everywhere except federal lands. The energy industry provides a pretty good chunk of our states revenue and this proposition would have a huge effect on the state budget. I've seen literally NO political ads in favor of Prop 112, but hundreds against it. I imagine there was a large petition drive with attractive college girls with clipboards asking folks to sign up against polluting water sources by stopping fracking. After all, who the hell wants water poisoned by fracking? So it's on the ballot without much real support.
My point with the rambling story is that it's easy to get people worked up when you mention fracking, urban sprawl, or climate change. Crunchy code words if you will. As a conservative who enjoys beautiful places (that one can actually access) I think one of the things worth conserving
is the environment. Woods and water are important to me. So are affordable energy and well funded public schools. It's easy enough for me to afford high heating bills and private schools for my kiddos, but the single mother or immigrant family down the street may not be able to swing it. Reasonable oversight and rules enforcement should be able to protect us from the ills of drilling while allowing energy extraction and the revenue it generates.
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