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6 03, 2020

Walcher: Dangerous to mess with Mother Nature

2020-03-06T09:59:57-05:00March 6th, 2020|DOI, Land use, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A famous 1970s TV commercial warned, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” In fact, it’s worse than “not nice” — it’s dangerous. Coloradans will make a momentous decision on this year’s ballot, whether to mess with Mother Nature by introducing [...]

27 02, 2020

Walcher: Where did the water go?

2020-03-02T15:11:33-05:00February 27th, 2020|DOI, Media Coverage, Walcher, Water|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Colorado River managers have struggled most of my life to administer interstate agreements in the face of dwindling flows. It was a perennial issue long before anyone heard of global warming, yet we’re now told that is why the river has [...]

12 02, 2020

Walcher: What else can we work on?

2020-02-14T10:56:26-05:00February 12th, 2020|DOI, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel For several years I have been a senior adviser to the respected environmental firm, Dawson and Associates. The organization helps with projects that require permits, especially from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the firm’s associates include numerous retired [...]

26 07, 2019

Walcher: Perhaps they never will

2019-07-29T10:04:42-04:00July 26th, 2019|Environment, Media Coverage, Reorganization Plan, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Don McLean ended "Vincent," his classic tribute to Van Gogh, with the famous line, "They would not listen, they're not listening still — perhaps they never will." The song was about the post-impressionist painter, but that line has been used in many political [...]

22 02, 2019

Walcher: Ode to a butterfly

2019-02-27T14:36:28-05:00February 22nd, 2019|DOI, Media Coverage, Public Lands, Walcher|

by E&E Legal Senior Legal Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Observing a monarch butterfly in the 1850s, Emily Dickinson wrote about its apparently aimless flitting, "Repairing everywhere, without design that I could trace, except to stray abroad on miscellaneous enterprise, the clovers understood." She knew butterflies were somewhat mysterious. They still are. Someone [...]

15 02, 2019

Walcher: What exactly is a species?

2019-02-27T14:23:30-05:00February 15th, 2019|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel For 50 years, Americans have spent untold resources worrying, arguing, regulating, and litigating, over "endangered species." You might think by now we have a clear understanding of those two simple words. We do not. Experts often disagree on whether something is [...]

28 09, 2018

Walcher: This move should worry no one

2018-10-01T13:07:55-04:00September 28th, 2018|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel Several articles began with an ominous picture of impending trouble: "In a move that's welcomed by Western conservatives but worries environmentalists, (Interior Secretary Ryan) Zinke has directed…" Dozens of articles in the past couple years featured similar leads. The words are [...]

25 09, 2018

Press Release: Greg Walcher’s Comments Re: ESA Proposed Rule Changes

2018-12-19T13:43:25-05:00September 25th, 2018|Comments, DOI, ESA, Policy, Walcher|

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2018 Contact: [email protected] 202-810-2001  E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher Submits Comments for the Proposed ESA Rule Changes Applauds effort and calls for strengthening of delisting and recover provisions Washington, D.C. - Yesterday E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher submitted comments to the Department of Interior (DOI) Fish [...]

31 08, 2018

Walcher: Darting from fish to snail

2018-09-17T10:27:36-04:00August 31st, 2018|DOI, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel The Endangered Species Act has inflamed emotions for 45 years since its enactment, and everywhere there are strong feelings, on both sides. The argument usually comes down to whether some species are more important than jobs, or whether all species are [...]

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