Beauprez wrong for In­te­rior

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Nita Gon­za­les,

“Colorado’s Beauprez men­tioned as top pick,” Nov. 23 news story.

While I sup­port the tra­di­tion of hav­ing a Westerner lead the Depart­ment of In­te­rior, I couldn’t imag­ine a less suited can­di­date than Bob Beauprez. I was shocked to learn his name is even be­ing con­sid­ered given his strong sup­port re­cently for sell­ing off our na­tional public lands to the high­est bid­der.

The con­se­quences are high and it would open the door to al­low states to close ac­cess to much of Colorado’s iconic land­scapes or have to auc­tion them off to the high­est bid­der for pri­vate de­vel­op­ment when the state can­not han­dle the costs of man­ag­ing these lands, in­clud­ing fight­ing wild­fires.

Re­cent polls have found 98 per­cent of Coloradans be­lieve it is im­por­tant to pro­tect na­tional forests, na­tional mon­u­ments, wildlife refuges and other na­tional public lands for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

We have a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect ac­cess to Amer­ica’s parks, public lands and wildlife for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren by keep­ing public lands in public hands. It’s ob­vi­ous Beauprez is out of touch with the West’s ideals.

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