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Greg Walcher
Greg Walcher
Greg Walcher is a popular speaker, writer, and one of the most recognized and respected national leaders in environmental policy. Former head of the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources, he is the author of "Smoking Them Out: the Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back," published in 2013.


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Aug. 22, 2014 8:20 am
At the most modern solar power plant in the world, researchers are now saying the magnified sun rays are setting birds on fire in midair – by the thousands. They call them "streamers," because of the smoke plume that is quite visible as they ignite and plummet to earth. Stories of the scorched birds were so widespread that alert investigators from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to...  Read More
Aug. 22, 2014 8:18 am
There is an impassionedconversation inside the Beltway lately about massive investments in liquefiednatural gas (LNG) around the world, while several such projects in the U.S.have been abandoned or put on hold. Part of that conversation is about howdifferent European politics and economics would be if the major energy supplierwere the United States, rather than Russia or the Middle East. More...  Read More
Feb. 6, 2014 11:52 am
News articles, however well-meaning, sometimes lead readers to inaccurate conclusions. Occasionally, the headline is to blame; often, the reporter, who cannot be expected to be an expert on every conceivable topic, lacks the time and resources to dig deeply into the story. Such is likely the case with a recent article called Chemicals Used in “Fracking” Can Disrupt Human Hormone Function, MU...  Read More
Feb. 13, 2013 10:01 am
Bruce Babbitt says President Obama is not a good enough environmentalist. Last week the former Interior Secretary and one-time presidential candidate made a remarkable speech, in which he accused the Obama Administration of failing to maintain a balance between energy development and conservation. He claimed that the Administration has allowed 6 million acres of land to be leased for energy...  Read More
Sep. 18, 2012 9:26 pm
A few days ago I attended a briefing by Dr. James Hansen, the NASA scientist whose 1988 congressional testimony touched off a generation of debate over man-made global warming. He is making the news again, touting a recent guest editorial in the Washington Post, lecturing on the think-tank circuit, and generally well-received as the godfather of the scientists and activists who have sounded the...  Read More
Jun. 7, 2012 9:35 am
The United States is about to become the first country in history to adopt policies to ensure its own decline. Melodramatic? Consider that the U.S. is steadily adopting an environmental agenda promoting a lower standard of living for future generations – literally, pushing Americans to travel less, live in smaller and less comfortable homes, give up their cars and eliminate many modern...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2011 4:03 pm
An ancient writer once said, "were fear is present, wisdom cannot be." That could well be said of the current hysteria about hydraulic fracturing, a proven technology to produce clean-burning natural gas and oil. Simply explained, a mix of water (99.5%), sand, and chemicals is pumped under high pressure to create minute cracks in rock formations thousands of feet below the surface so oil and gas...  Read More
Sep. 16, 2011 11:50 am
Most Americans are willing to sacrifice more than you might guess to help our country through this budget and debt crisis and to protect their grandchildren’s future. Here are a few government “services” I am willing to give up for my country: I would be willing to forgo the millions of dollars’ worth of nutrition programs the USDA provides so that public schools can offer a better...  Read More
Mar. 10, 2011 5:01 pm
Government no longer “spends your money.” It “invests in your future.” If, despite that clear distinction, you still don’t feel good about multi-trillion-dollar deficits, it’s because you must understand one of the most important techniques in the art of debate – when you’re losing, change the terms. Successful politicians must master that art if they want to push unpopular policies. If “illegal...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2010 6:12 pm
The Deepwater Horizon accident and the resulting oil leak is a tragedy on many levels, costing the lives of 11 workers, displacing hundreds of others, costing an entire region jobs and tax revenue, and beginning an environmental catastrophe that will take years to heal. Watching the reaction of politicians, business leaders and the media has made the whole spectacle worse, if that’s possible, and...  Read More
Mar. 4, 2010 12:21 pm
Light bulb jokes have been popular for many years as a way to poke fun of stereotypes. I remember several old ones about how many Republicans it takes to change a light bulb, especially popular during the early Reagan years. It took one to screw in the bulb, one to steady the chandelier, one to claim the bulb wasn't truly needed, and one to reminisce about the old bulb. When I went into state...  Read More
Feb. 10, 2010 3:31 pm
The federal government is famous for its inability to handle ordinary problems, but its reaction to snow is the ultimate example. At this writing, Washington, D.C. is being hammered by its second large snow storm this week and everything is shut down again - schools, government, trains, planes and automobiles. One local TV commentator acted like he had never seen snow, thundering "Ridiculous...  Read More
Oct. 26, 2009 5:55 pm
"Equal justice under law" is more than a quaint expression engraved on the portico of the Supreme Court building. It is a worldview that is central to our American culture. It is also a cornerstone of the conservation movement, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the angry activists that form so much of the modern environmental lobby. The founders of the nation’s first great conservation...  Read More
Jun. 30, 2009 10:38 am
Although blown off the front pages by the death of Michael Jackson, the most ominous government action of the decade came a step closer to reality Friday when the House passed an energy bill that would make "cap and trade" official policy. It passed the House by 7 votes (with 8 Republicans crossing over to help). Most Americans support almost any effort to stop pollution, and are sympathetic to...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2009 3:09 pm
The political world is all abuzz about "alternative energy" and "green energy" – which actually means "subsidized energy." Otherwise it would just be called "energy." Companies that make their living providing natural resources and energy are struggling to understand this brave new world, a major challenge for many. The world’s most prosperous economy is now run by a government apparently...  Read More
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