Who’s In Charge Here?

by Greg Walcher August 17, 2018
U.S. Capitol Washington D.C.

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Restaurant owners may know that open-faced sandwiches are regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. But if a second piece of bread is added on top, it is regulated by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s because the USDA has a very specific definition of a sandwich: two slices of bread with the meat in the middle. So, is a hot dog a sandwich? The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says no, but the State of California says yes. How about a burrito? Massachusetts ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich, but New York says it is. A cheese pizza is regulated by the FDA, but add pepperoni and it becomes a USDA matter. When you make an omelet, FDA regulates the eggs you crack, but if you pour liquid eggs from a carton, it’s USDA.

Bipartisan Support To Fund Crumbling National Parks A ‘Watershed Moment’ For Congress

by Michael Sandoval August 14, 2018

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Sixty-six House members have signed onto a bill to bring immediate funding to the National Park Service’s (NPS) nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog through an all-of-the-above energy revenue stream in a rare show of bipartisanship. The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act boasts broad support across the West as well as the rest of the country. The bill has 37 Democratic co-sponsors and 29 Republican co-sponsors, with 24 representatives of both parties hailing from Western states.

City of Boulder, Boulder County Outsourced Media Contacts, Coordination To EarthRights International In Climate Lawsuit

by Michael Sandoval August 9, 2018

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The City of Boulder has outsourced their public relations responsibilities to EarthRights International (ERI), the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit providing legal services to three Colorado communities in their joint climate lawsuits. A Western Wire email to Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director for the City of Boulder, on Friday, July 20 opened with a series of questions inquiring if the “City of Boulder has any comment on the merits or chances of their case moving forward, now that the Colorado lawsuit has been moved from state to federal court?”

Bank Of The West’s Divestment Policy Drawing Ire From Officials And Local Communities

by STAFF August 8, 2018

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As campaigns targeting energy-related investments continue to emerge across the west, officials in the region are pushing back against such policies. Recently, Bank of the West announced it was divesting from “coal, tar sands, shale oil and artic [sic] drilling – and investing and financing the transition to more sustainable …

Zinke: Time Is Now To Fund National Parks With Bipartisan Bills

by Michael Sandoval August 5, 2018

Western Wire

The time for funding the nearly $12 billion national park maintenance backlog is now said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in front of Long’s Peak at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday. “Everyone loves our parks. I think it’s time now to prioritize,” Zinke said …

EPA Air Quality Report Touts American Innovation For Emissions Reductions, Economic Growth

by Michael Sandoval August 3, 2018

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Emissions of six key pollutants dropped 73 percent between 1970 and 2017 while the economy grew and population surged, according to the latest report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week. The EPA’s annual “Our Nation’s Air: Status and Trends Through 2017” report documents the dramatic reduction in emissions while noting that the nation’s economy more than tripled.