Carole King introduces NREPA to US Congress

CaroleKing.com announced last week that the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) was introduced before the 111th Congress of the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, by Carole King, Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York and Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva from Arizona. To support the NREPA, contact your Congress representative online here.

“NREPA protects land and water belonging to all Americans, mitigates the effects of global warming on species, saves taxpayers millions of dollars and creates jobs. If not now, when?” asked Carole King.

The complete text of the bill, which has been assigned the bill number of HR 980, can be read on Rep. Maloney’s website as a PDF file.

The entire press release from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies follows after the jump.

Carole King Joins Rep. Carolyn Maloney in Supporting the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2009 – Today, pop music legend Carole King joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) in announcing the introduction of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). NREPA would protect some of America’s most beautiful and ecologically important lands while saving taxpayers’ money and creating jobs.

“Many of America’s most precious natural resources and wildlife are found in the Northern Rockies,” said Rep. Maloney. “NREPA would help protect those resources by drawing wilderness boundaries according to science, not politics. NREPA would also help reduce global warming by protecting the corridors through which vulnerable wildlife can migrate to cooler areas.”

“I am proud to cosponsor this legislation to protect the Northern Rocky Mountains, one of America’s great natural areas,” said Rep. Grijalva. “A bold plan is needed to preserve and protect what remains of the Lewis and Clark legacy, and this bill would do just that.”

“NREPA protects land and water belonging to all Americans, mitigates the effects of global warming on species, saves taxpayers millions of dollars and creates jobs. If not now, when?” asked Carole King.

Grizzly bears, caribou, elk, bison, wolves, bull trout and salmon still thrive in the Northern Rockies. The bill seeks to safeguard both these species and the lands on which they live. The Northern Rockies is the only place in the lower 48 states where native species and wildlife are protected on lands that are virtually unchanged since Lewis and Clark saw them.

Michael Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies said, “NREPA creates 2300 badly needed jobs now by employing people to restore over a million acres of old clearcuts and remove old logging roads. NREPA also would formally designate as wilderness all 24 million acres of inventoried roadless areas in the Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.”

The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act:

*Designates as wilderness more than 23 million acres of ecosystems and watersheds in the Northern Rockies;

*Connects natural, biological corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of global warming;

*Restores habitat that has been severely damaged from roads that were built, creating more than 2,300 jobs and leading to a more sustainable economic base in the region;

*Keeps water available for ranchers and farmers downstream until it is most needed; and

*Eliminates subsidized development in the designated wilderness areas, saving taxpayers $245 million over a 10-year period.

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14 Responses to Carole King introduces NREPA to US Congress

  1. Dave says:

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    I am a natural resource manager for the Federal governement (DOI). I have decades of experience in this field. I am a democrat and a “tree-hugger” and I can testify that this NREPA i simply a bad bill. It will not create high-paying jobs. I n fact it will destroy thousands more jobs, lively-hoods, and communities than it will create.

    This bill will prevent the responsible use of our public lands by free Americans and deny them their right to the pursuit of happiness.

    This bill is sponsored by East Cost politicians who’s states don’t have any public land, most of whom have never been to Wyoming, Montana or Idaho. They don’t care about the people in these states who’s lives depend on the recreation opportunities provided by National Forests and BLM lands. (I bet they don’t even know what BLM stands for!). It is a pipe dream for them. Just put it down and stop smoking!

    This bill would directly and significantly impact the town my town in wyoming by preventing people from fishing on our lakes and spending money, snowmobiling on our trials and spending money, skiing in our national forests and spending money, mountain biking on our trails and spending money. Wwe rely on these recreation dollars to survive.

    Sure, some areas would work well as wilderness and there could be some work reforesting clear cuts and removing roads, but not on the scale that this bill proposes. But why waste taxpayer money on clear-cuts that will reforest themselves? Why waste it on roads that will revegetate themselves?

    Overall, this would be a terrible adverse effect on the Northern Rockies. If these people from New York, Arizona, and California want to mitigate global warming, they can start in their own states

  2. Hello and T hank you,

    After years of listening, buying, and loving the songs, this novice song writer and former member of a group is THRILLED to see the positive actions of this group of wonderful artists. One question—How can I and How may I help the cause to join your cause!? Dr. JoAnna Graller of Davenport, Iowa (formerly of Michigan).

  3. Hello and T hank you,

    After years of listening, buying, and loving the songs, this novice song writer and former member of a group is THRILLED to see the positive actions of this group of wonderful artists. One question—How can I and How may I help the cause to join your cause!? Dr. JoAnna Graller of Davenport, Iowa (formerly of Michigan). This is my first response!

  4. Sounds to me like the member of the DOT, is full of sour grapes!

    What are you really afraid of —-losing your job? Or the kick backs from your cronies?

  5. stu pidasso says:

    [edited] What are the jobs this bill can create or bring to these areas ? also why didn’t she invite joe to meet her rancher friends? They dont care for her ways

  6. Corey Blake says:

    I’m glad to see this topic getting discussed and debated. Criticism and commentary is fine and encouraged, but there’s no need to personally attack or disparage Carole King or anyone else for that matter. Such comments will be edited out, leaving behind “[edited]” where the comment was removed. The remainder of someone’s post will be left unchanged.

    Thank you

  7. Hey -Carole King can stay! No problem with her, just tell her to watch what she “steps in”!

    • Corey Blake says:

      Pacifichick Weston,

      I left this post untouched because it’s the tamest of the bunch. The rest have been edited to remove personal attacks and potentially libelous statements made against other posters in this thread. Unfortunately this leaves nothing left in all but this post.

      I invite rational debate on this topic but personal attacks do not add to the conversation at hand. If you have grievances to air about someone that has posted in this thread, this is not the forum to do so.

      Thank you for understanding.

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