Skip to comments.Colorado governor: Interior bureaucrats biased on species issue ( sage grouse: Utah & NM )
Posted on 11/26/2013 5:05:48 AM PST by george76
An example of the tension between Western Democrats and the Obama administration surfaced Monday when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a rural audience that Washington bureaucrats are pushing a slanted version of the sage-grouse issue to political decision-makers.
Mr. Hickenlooper, a Democrat whos running for re-election in 2014, said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is receiving one-sided advice from staff at the Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue of whether to place the Gunnison sage grouse on the endangered-species list.
She has an open mind, right, shes not well-versed in this issue, and she recognizes that, said Mr. Hickenlooper in a town-hall meeting at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig, Colo. What shes hearing the first time is from her staff at Fish and Wildlife, and I think she gets a slanted version.
Those living in rural Colorado and Utah are alarmed over a Fish and Wildlife proposal to list the Gunnison sage grouse and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.
Rural residents worry about the proposed listings impact on ranching, farming and oil-and-gas development. Several of those commenting at the town hall said the agency has failed to take into account the role of predators like coyotes in reducing the sage grouses numbers.
Ms. Jewell assumed office in April, replacing former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, who served as Interior Secretary.
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The same thing with the sage grouse is going on right now in rural California too.
I four wheel across the entire state of Nevada every year. There is not remotely anything that can even jokingly be called a shortage of sage chickens
As I thought. I place as much trust in Hickenlooper as I do Jewell or her boss, Obama.
Here's hoping you Coloradans can oust Hickenlooper next year!
We are working on it.