Greens seeing red |

Greens seeing red

Matthew Garrington, Environment Colorado, Denver

Editor’s note: Environment Colorado is the new home of CoPIRG’s (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) environmental work.

We are disappointed that Rep. Scott McInnis sponsored the so-called Healthy Forests Restoration Act. This harmful bill does nothing to ensure protection for communities at risk from fires.

Instead, it weakens environmental protections, restricts the right to seek redress in the courts, provides additional subsidies to the timber industry and cuts the public out of the process.

A recent report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) found appeals and public participation do not interfere with hazardous fuels reduction projects.

This report reinforces the fact the Bush administration and some members of Congress are trying to take political advantage of last summer’s fires.

When the Senate takes up this issue, we urge Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne Allard to ensure federal agencies use the best scientific data and require that the necessary resources go to states and communities for real fuel reduction projects.

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