Email letters, Oct. 24, 2012

Tipton’s votes favor oil and gas industry

Congressman Scott Tipton’s voting record shows that he serves two masters: the oil and gas industry and the obstructionist wing of the Republican Party. He places their interests over those of the nation. For this reason he should not be returned to Congress.

In his two years in office Scott Tipton voted for ideological solutions to national problems such as an amendment to fund the highway transportation act with imaginary revenues from oil shale development on federal lands.

He wasted taxpayer dollars to hold a congressional oversight hearing in Grand Junction to give oil and gas industry representatives a platform to present their requests for federal favors, after which he voted to add a $25 million oil shale subsidy to an appropriations bill. Still worse, Tipton voted for HR 4480 which requires a $5,000 fee for every challenge to a lease or drilling permit, making it more difficult for local governments and affected land owners to protect their interests. In addition HR 4480 weakens EPA, health-based, ozone standards and blocks the EPA from finalizing rules to reduce tailpipe pollution and toxic air pollution from refineries. The health of Tipton’s constituents doesn’t seem to matter to him, but for the oil and gas industry, no favor is overlooked.

On other issues Tipton voted to block the EPA’s attempt to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. He voted for HCR 112, a budget bill that would eventually privatize Medicare; he voted against the Stop the Rate Hike Act of 2012 that would keep student loans at 3.4 percent in 2013; he voted against the compromise that prevented default on the federal debt; and he voted to block an Obama executive order that would require companiesreceiving federal contracts to disclose their political contributions.

Corporations love this guy. He has their vote. He shouldn’t get yours.

CHARLES KERR
Grand Junction


Telling truth has important benefit

The president and all politicians would make it so much easier for themselves and for us who listen to and vote for them if they would live up to what Mark Twain once said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

ED FLOWER

Clifton

TV viewing relief now in sight

Thank goodness it’s almost over! The final debate has signaled the near end of what has to have been the world’s longest campaign. Just think, in a few more weeks it’ll be history and at last we can watch TV again without muting the sound every few minutes.

I always wondered what the term “war weary” meant. But, if it’s anything like “campaign weary” or “swing state weary,” I know exactly what it is now.

After the final debate I felt a great sense of relief, sort of like I’d imagine it would feel when a torture session finally ended. I’m completely reenergized now and ready to vote.

AL CARLEY

Grand Junction


Tisha Casida best candidate for 3rd Congressional District

We are getting tired of the propaganda put out by the Democrats and Republicans that the president cuts taxes, spends taxpayer money and makes job killing regulations.
A careful reading of our Constitution specifically sets out that the president signs or vetoes bills passed by Congress and negotiates treaties which Congress must approve. The president does affect jobs when he negotiates free trade agreements such as NAFTA that result in off-shoring of jobs to foreign countries. Starting with Clinton, presidents have done exactly that.

Only Congress can spend money and affect tax policy or regulations; therefore, if the people want change, they must change Congress by electing more non-affiliated and independent members who must be negotiated with when proposing or passing legislation.

An excellent start can be made by electing candidate Tisha Casida to the 3rd Congressional District. She has made it clear that she will negotiate with both sides of the aisle in order to get legislation that will be of the most benefit to all the people, not just the elites and special interests.

GARRY and BETTIE EVENSON
Battlement Mesa

COGCC’s proposed setback standards fall short of goals to protect Colorado residents

Amid growing public concern, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has proposed relooking at the old standards, known as “setbacks,” for how far oil and gas operations should be from homes, schools and neighborhoods.

I appreciate the concerns being addressed by the commission regarding setbacks between a drilling site and an occupied home or building, and I appreciate the agency’s attempt to protect the public health of Colorado’s residents, our wildlife and our air and water quality. Recommendations, however, do not reflect the need for adequate consideration of impacts, from noise, traffic, degradation of air quality, risk to water reserves and quality, wildlife and wildlife habitat, and changing social and community demands at the site and in nearby communities. What also should be considered are transportation and emergency response needs for which the communities as a whole must accept responsibility.

Currently, the COGCC standards for setbacks are a minimum of 150 feet for rural areas and 350 feet for urban/suburban areas. The new draft proposes a setback of 350 feet statewide. This is severely inadequate to protect our public health, safety and environment – 350-feet setbacks mean that industrial development can happen on the same city block as homes. That is simply too close to neighborhoods. 

Since technology today makes available very creative drilling and production practices, it is not necessary to allow ANY development in already established urban and suburban areas where industrial development must compete with residential or community based needs.
Area planning by cities and counties should identify zones where industrial oil and gas development may occur, including within rural areas, and where other development needs take priority.

By addressing these issues, the COGCC will gain the respect and support from Colorado’s concerned citizens. 

DOROTHEA FARRIS
Carbondale

Proposed pipeline path already polluted

Environmentalists claim that the XL Pipeline will contaminate groundwater as it crosses over a tiny corner of the Ogallala Aquifer, which lies beneath parts of Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.

More than one million people living in cities with their cars and various related pollutants live on top of this aquifer, and we are supposed to believe that a pipeline crossing a tiny corner will suddenly pollute the groundwater when all of this other human civilization doesn’t? It’s madness.

JEREMIAH HABECKER
Grand Junction

 



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