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2 09, 2022

Walcher: Gasoline has nothing to do with fire

2022-09-02T11:30:27-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Colorado, Forest Management, Green Groups, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A couple of weeks ago a letter to the editor appeared in this paper and six others around the state, asserting that “Removing trees from Colorado forests will not prevent wildfires from burning.” Really? As if removing all the wood from [...]

26 08, 2022

Walcher: Just kidding, we weren’t serious

2022-08-26T13:40:37-04:00August 26th, 2022|Colorado, EPA, Green Groups, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A quantum physicist named Erwin Schrodinger, in a 1935 discussion with Albert Einstein, suggested a concept known as Schrodinger’s Cat, whereby an animal is both alive and dead, depending on unknowable hypothetical circumstances. There is a modern variation, in which someone [...]

29 07, 2022

Walcher: Do they read The Daily Sentinel

2022-08-02T11:07:03-04:00July 29th, 2022|Colorado, EPA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel The headline read, “Supreme Court Reins in EPA on Clean Power Plan.” On the last day of its recent session, the court released its long-anticipated ruling in West Virginia vs. EPA, four consolidated cases representing 19 states, numerous labor unions, utilities, [...]

22 07, 2022

Walcher: Protecting what is already protected

2022-07-26T12:29:59-04:00July 22nd, 2022|"Climate Change", Colorado, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel The New York Times recently opined that the endangered species law could be used to stop oil and gas production nationwide, because no matter where the drilling is, it contributes to climate change everywhere. Thus, sea turtles in Florida or monk [...]

15 07, 2022

Walcher: Still trying to understand the West

2022-07-18T12:54:17-04:00July 15th, 2022|Colorado, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel At the age of 97, former President Jimmy Carter has stepped into a dispute about a short gravel road to an isolated village in Alaska. The road would connect King Cove, population 750, to the small air strip at Cold Bay, [...]

8 07, 2022

Walcher: Endangered species and the butterfly metaphor

2022-07-11T12:07:13-04:00July 8th, 2022|Colorado, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel The “butterfly metaphor” describes the need for people and organizations to change their ways, thinking differently about the way things have always been. It is fitting in the halls of government, where the status quo is paramount, and pundits joke about [...]

1 07, 2022

Walcher: Things are coming to a head

2022-07-07T12:13:44-04:00July 1st, 2022|Colorado, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher, Water|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Old timers who manage ditches, head gates and canals often mention the “head of water.” It refers, somewhat imprecisely, to an amount of water needed to force its movement over various distances. A bigger hayfield requires a bigger “head of water” [...]

24 06, 2022

Walcher: Trying to seal the deal

2022-06-27T08:57:56-04:00June 24th, 2022|Colorado, ESA, Fake News, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A disturbing photo topped the June 15 New York Times article, supposedly graphic evidence that the Earth is dying, starting with its cutest animals. It is a compelling picture, although the message is as misleading as it is powerful. It shows [...]

17 06, 2022

Walcher: Fixing what isn’t broken

2022-06-20T12:30:50-04:00June 17th, 2022|Colorado, Media Coverage, Walcher, Water|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel President Jimmy Carter’s Office of Management and Budget Director Bert Lance is best remembered for a corruption scandal involving Calhoun National Bank. But he is also the one who popularized the corny phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” “That’s [...]

10 06, 2022

Walcher: Going with the flow

2022-06-13T11:49:25-04:00June 10th, 2022|Colorado, Media Coverage, Walcher, Water|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Several recent newspaper articles have focused on the Colorado River, because of the historically low water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A recent follow-up in Greenwire asked the rhetorical question, “Could the Colorado River Compact adapt to go with [...]

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