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Roan Plateau Listed: “Most Important Places to Protect”

October 3, 2007

Denver, CO - Colorado could lead the nation in renewable energy technologies, or it could surrender more special places to oil and gas exploration. That's according to the national Sierra Club, which just named the Roan Plateau in its list of America's "52 Most Important Places to Protect in the Next 10 Years." Roger Singer with the Sierra Club in Denver says the state is at an environmental crossroads.

"Do we put our resources into increased wind and solar, or do we appease the special interests and sacrifice a special place like the Roan Plateau?"

A number of groups are objecting to drilling on the Roan Plateau on environmental, recreational, and even religious grounds. Singer says the Sierra Club wants to add an economic dimension to the debate.

"Let's keep in mind the long-term economic gain of converting to wind and solar, instead of going for the quick buck."

Singer says Coloradoans must choose between building a sustainable energy industry, or clinging to an industry on the downswing. Proponents say the area contains energy resources that should be exploited.

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