Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
October / November 1998

 

Help Stop Environmental Riders Moving Through Congress

by Brian Mohr, Sierra Club Southwest Regional Office

 

In last two years alone, Senators Campbell and Allard supported a variety of environmentally damaging riders, including the following:

Here are a few examples of the many riders strapped on the backs of spending bills. These riders would:

These riders were included in the Senate Interior Appropriations and Defense Spending bills in September. If you discover that any of these riders remain attached to bills that are awaiting the president's final approval call the white house immediately and urge President Clinton to veto any bills containing anti-environmental riders, (202) 456-1414.

Call Senator Campbell TODAY and urge him not to support any bills containing anti-environmental riders.

Denver Area: (303) 866-1900
Western Slope: (970) 241-6631
CO Springs: (719) 636-9092
Ft. Collins: (970) 224-1909
Durango: (970) 247-1609

For more information visit our web site at www.rmc.sierraclub.org/site/sw-co/ or contact Brian Mohr, Southwest Regional Office, (303) 449-5595.

 

 

Fight Back with Letters to the Editor

We can fight these anti-environmental riders with letters to the editor. Letters to the editor are read by thousands of citizens. We want to get these kinds of letters printed as much as possible as part of the Sierra Club's Environmental Voter Education Campaign in 1998. Please use your own words. (When you get a letter printed, let the office know.)

Tips For Writing Letters

 

Sample Letter

Dear Editor,
Given the overwhelming public support for stronger laws to protect our wild places, clean air and clean water, our Members of Congress have resorted to burying anti-environmental legislation deep within spending bills as "riders."

Senators Campbell and Allard have a history of supporting anti-environmental riders in the past. For example, in 1996 they voted against attempts to remove the "salvage logging rider," a move that has opened up some of Colorado's last remaining wild places to destructive road building and logging. (or for example, in 1997, they voted against an attempt to significantly cut back taxpayer handouts for logging road construction.)

Today, there are more than 20 such "riders" within spending bills that would slash important environmental programs, would allow new road construction in "wilderness areas," and would allow more toxins to enter our air and water.

It is time that our Senators stop ignoring the strong public support for protecting Colorado's and our nation's environment. Please call Senator Campbell today at 303-866-1900 and Senator Allard at 303-220-7414 and ask that they remove their support for any bills that contain environmentally damaging riders.

Sincerely,
your full name, address and phone number

 

Major Newspapers in Colorado

(Send email to Brian Mohr at brian.mohr@sierraclub.org for a complete list of newspapers in your area.)

DENVER POST
phone (303) 280-1010
Fax (303) 820-1369
email letters@denverpost.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
Phone (303) 892-5000
Fax (303) 892-2568
email letters@denver-rmn.com

COLORADO STATESMAN
Phone (303) 837-8600
Fax (303) 837-9015
email statesman@capcon.com

DAILY CAMERA
Phone (303) 442-1202
Fax (303) 449-9358
email marshallj@boulderpublishing.com

COLORADO DAILY
Phone (303) 443-6373
Fax (303) 443-9357
email talbot@bcn.boulder.co.us

BOULDER WEEKLY
Phone (303) 494-5511
Fax (303) 494-2585
email bweditor@tesser.com

BOULDER PLANET
Phone (303) 444-5761
Fax (303) 415-1210
email news@boulderplanet.com

COLORADOAN (Ft. Collins)
Phone (970) 493-6397
Fax (970) 224-7899
email fortnews@aol.com

GRAND JUNCTION DAILY SENTINEL
Phone (970) 242-5050
Fax (970) 244-8578
email letters@gjds.com

PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
Phone (719) 544-3520
Fax (719) 544-5897
email norton@chieftain.com

COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE
Phone (719) 636-0266
Fax (719) 636-0202
email qtop@gazette.com

GREELEY TRIBUNE
Phone (970) 352-0211
Fax (970) 356-5780
email qtribune@greeley.com

DURANGO HERALD
Phone (970) 247-3504
Fax (970) 259-5011
email herald@frontier.net

 

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