Target: Ruth Welch, Colorado’s State Director of the Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Deny lease request for the establishment of a coal mine in Colorado
The Bureau of Land Management is processing a lease requested by the coal company, CAM-Colorado, to establish a coal mine in a canyon lush with sagebrush and wildlife known as the Book Cliffs. Located 25 miles north of Grand Junction, Colorado, the coal mine will not only devastate the habitat for vegetation, wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts but also increase Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions. Since the U.S. is trying to move past coal, this mine will function for the purpose of export, questioning the coal’s market value. The public comment period for this issue ends in February. Demand that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deny the request for this dirty coal in Colorado’s Book Cliffs.
The Book Cliffs, named so because the mountain formation looks like books on a shelf, is home to numerous wildlife such as mule deer, elk, coyotes, mountain lions, antelope, eagles, falcons, and bobcats. Unfortunately, the Book Cliffs also house nearly 78 million tons of coal. CAM has requested to lease 14,160 acres of this area for coal exploration. The mining alone will release methane gas into the air, an unwanted greenhouse gas, which will worsen the already apparent problem of air quality in the area. Trucks and trains hauling supplies to and from the area also serve as another environmental risk from those emissions. The coal mine will support nonrenewable energy and eventually release millions of tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere from the burning of coal.
Take action against dirty coal. America does not need more support for a nonrenewable energy. By signing this petition, you are requesting that the BLM deny the land lease proposal for the Book Cliffs coal mine.
Dear Director Welch,
The Book Cliffs coal mine, proposed by CAM-Colorado, damages the land, endangers various wildlife, and threatens air quality. This coal mine will simply be feeding America’s hunger for nonrenewable energy. Millions of tons of carbon emissions will be released into the air from burning the coal accessed from this mine.
With the Grand Valley already experiencing problems with air quality, this coal mine will only make matters worse as it releases methane and carbon dioxide into the valley. The effort put forth to establish this mine should be refocused to give Colorado a renewable energy future. Please take action to reject the lease proposal for the Book Cliffs coal mine.
[Your Name Here]
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