Target: U.S. Forest Service’s Chief Thomas Tidwell
Goal: Prevent Arch Coal Company from building roads that will destroy forests and threaten wildlife.
A recent proposal may allow one of the country’s largest coal companies to infiltrate pristine forests in Colorado. In 2012 the Colorado Roadless Rule was passed, preventing roads from being developed within certain boundaries of Colorado’s National Forests. However a loophole in this rule may allow the U.S. Forest Service to approve Arch Coal’s proposed roads. This proposal would result in the destruction of the environment, disturbed natural ecosystems, and an increase in pollution.
Developing results in the destruction of the forests but also the environment that many species depend on. The Sunset Roadless area is one place that may be impacted by these actions, which is known to be the home of beavers, elk, black bears, and lynx. Bulldozing trees and removing the natural environments of these species puts them in danger.
While the proposed roads threaten the environment and wildlife directly, there is also the issue of pollution to consider. With the second largest coal company in the United States proposed to take over Colorado’s forests, carbon pollution would dramatically increase. The Obama Administration has recently turned its focus to our climate, insisting a reduction of carbon pollution to prevent drastic climate change. However, this proposal from the U.S. Forest Service would undermine these efforts and accelerate the negative effects of carbon pollution.
This proposal is negative on too many accounts and only serves to benefit Arch Coal at the expense of our forests, wildlife, and climate. Action must be taken to ensure that this proposal does not pass and that we continue to protect Colorado’s forests and all life living in and around it. By signing this petition below you will be demanding that the U.S. Forest Service does not allow this proposal to be passed and will continue to fight for the well being of forests rather than profit.
Dear Mr. Tidwell,
It has been proposed to allow Arch Coal Company to infiltrate protected forests in Colorado in order to build roads. In order for this coal company to develop, it must bulldoze trees, destroy the environment, and drive animals away from their homes. Besides the mass destruction and threats to vulnerable species, development of coal companies also increases carbon pollution, accelerating climate change.
There are too many harmful expenses for this proposal to even be considered. I urge that the U.S. Forest Service take responsibility by preventing this proposal from passing. We must be concerned about the well being of the environment, other living species, and the world we live in, not greed and profit. Colorado’s forests depend on the U.S. Forest Service; please act now.
[Your Name Here]
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