Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Support NREPA, not CIEDRA

On April 11, the Mountain Express ran an article headlined "CIEDRA could get hearing this year." The article said that although CIEDRA was not included in a dismantled wilderness bill package, Rep. Mike Simpson was "nonetheless optimistic about his legislation."

"Could" and "optimistic" are devices used to keep enthusiasm alive for something that isn't happening. CIEDRA is not happening.

Compare CIEDRA with HR 1975, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). NREPA has already had a hearing this session and is supported by 138 bipartisan House members, including the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and the chairman of the relevant subcommittee. CIEDRA is not scheduled for a hearing and has zero cosponsors.

If you love wilderness, CIEDRA's not your bill. To get substandard wilderness, CIEDRA offers multiple trade-offs, including the giveaway of public land. If you love wilderness, join the groups and individuals working to enact NREPA, a clean wilderness bill that protects meaningful Wilderness Act-quality wilderness, saves taxpayers money and creates jobs.

Is your favorite conservation group still promoting CIEDRA? Ask the group's leaders to stop pushing CIEDRA and work more assertively to pass NREPA. Tell them that passing NREPA is the best way to stop the Idaho Roadless Rule's attempt to circumvent the courts' decision to uphold President Clinton's roadless rule.

To those who say NREPA will never pass, I say, "It will pass, and the time is now." Want wilderness? Join Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club, 138 members of the U.S. Congress and other groups and individuals across the nation who love wilderness and wildlife as much as you do.

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Carole King

Custer County

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