I would like to invite the proponents of drilling to look at Gary Weidner's letter to the editor in the Free Press Jan. 18: "Clean air, water should not be sacrificed for energy independence."
Are you willing to sacrifice our children and the natural world to enrich the gas industry's corporation and shareholders?
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), created in 1965, designated funds from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties to help protect our land, water and air. These funds helped establish national parks, like our very own Great Sand Dunes NP. Unfortunately, with the exception of one year, Congress has reallocated a majority of funds elsewhere. Now, our parks and open spaces, like Mesa Verde National Park, are threatened by drilling, mining, development, etc. We, as Coloradoans and Americans, deserve to have the LWCF fully funded. It will help protect our loved ones and our loved lands from the toxic effects of drilling.
Gary, you are not alone. The negative impacts of drilling are the fears of thousands of people who do not believe that drilling should take priority over our health and the health of our natural heritage.
On inauguration day, President Obama verbally committed himself to the preservation of our planet. Let's make sure that he follows through. Call your local representatives and ask them to support the LWCF. Let Sen. Udall know that you are with him in his fight to preserve our land, water, and air. Do something to ensure that we make our children's health and our parks' health a top priority.