Dan Morgan, ‘I don’t think anyone should expect Washington to do the right thing if citizens aren’t informed and raising hell

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Here’s a recap of College’s State of the Rockies series Monday session, from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Among its many activities, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a database that details federal farm subsidies for conservation, disaster and crop support down to the farm level. For instance, Colorado farms received $3.1 billion in federal payments from 1995-2006. “If you’re going to change the world, you need data,” said Shannon, an award-winning journalist prior to joining the group. “I don’t think anyone should expect Washington to do the right thing if citizens aren’t informed and raising hell.”[…]

The Climate Bill would add the conflict of managing farmland for environmental purposes like sequestering carbon against the current dilemma of growing corn either as food or for ethanol. There are also efforts to exempt farms from the fuel consumption provisions of the bill, Morgan said.

More Colorado water coverage here.

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