Environment

2:48pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Environment

Salazar Backs Away From 'Wild Lands' Order

The Interior Department's "wild lands" order had made millions of acres of undeveloped land mainly in the west eligible for federal wilderness protection.

Colorado environmental groups are sharply criticizing a move by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that rescinds a sweeping order that could have made millions of acres of land across the West eligible for wilderness protection. But the Interior Department's reversal follows mounting criticism from oil and gas officials and some members of Congress.

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5:00pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Environment

Silence Over Wild Lands Policy Could End Soon

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's "Wild Lands" secretarial order has been praised by conservationists and Democrats, and criticized by the oil and gas industry and many Republicans.
Kirk Siegler

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the Obama Administration is close to announcing how it will move forward with a controversial “Wild Lands” policy now that Congress has stripped funding for its implementation for this year. 

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1:00pm

Wed April 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Budget Compromise Impacts Wilderness Conservation

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Now to a battle over funding and wording. In this year's budget compromise, conservation funding took a hit. A rider slipped into a bill put millions of acres of land back on the table for oil and gas drilling. One of those places is South Shale Ridge in western Colorado. It's not labeled as federally-protected wilderness, but the Interior Department had floated a different term for South Shale Ridge and other areas it wants to protect: Wild Lands.

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11:51am

Wed April 27, 2011
Environment

Wilderness or Wild Lands? Policy Sparks Controversy

South Shale Ridge in western Colorado is prized for scenery, and the natural gas that lies beneath it.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Wilderness conservation took a hit as part of this year’s federal budget compromise. A rider slipped into the bill at the last minute has put millions of acres of land back on the table for oil and gas drilling.  One of those places is South Shale Ridge in western Colorado. The area is not federally protected wilderness.  So the conservation-minded Interior Department had floated a different term for places like it, “wild lands.”  But that definition is now up in the air.

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2:05pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Environment

NREL Partnering with Google to Promote Electric Cars

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Golden-based National Renewable Energy Lab is partnering with internet search engine Google to promote the spread of electric car charging stations in Colorado and across the US. 

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