Bob Beauprez

We have all seen the outrageous, even violent, demonstrations by the leftist big-labor protesters in Michigan over the recently adopted Right-to-Work legislation.  The mirror image happened last February-March when Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature similarly addressed labor laws.

It seems the left – the same people with those "Tolerance" and "Diversity" bumper stickers on their Subaru – are the first ones to cross the line of civility.   

In my home state of Colorado the left's latest hot button is hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."  Fracking has been used for more than 60 years to successfully drill over a million oil and gas wells in the U.S.  Nonetheless, the prevailing mythology on the radical left is that the technology is "poisoning our children" by polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, avowed environmentalists themselves, have testified to Congress that there is no documented evidence of ground water contamination from any fracked well.  But, the facts don't get in the way of the radicals real objective.  They won't stop until there are no wells drilled at all, anywhere, fracked or otherwise. 

In my native Boulder County, Colorado the fracking fanatics are out in force.  They are marching door-to-door, petitions and mythology in hand, and they are storming city council and county commissioner meetings.  For the unknowing, the left would be hard pressed to find a more accommodating political environment than Boulder County.  The radicals have owned the Democrat Party here for decades. Obliging elected Democrats willingly pander to the radical lefties who elevated them to their throne. 

But, even that isn't enough for the radical fracking fanatics who have showed up at recent Boulder County Commissioner public hearings.  The modified regulations adopted by Colorado just last year have already been described as the most stringent of any state in the nation.  But, that's not enough for this crowd.

At the insistence of these radicals, the Boulder County is considering overlaying existing federal and state regulations with even more restrictive local rules. This latest radical environmental movement is being carried out by extremists throughout Colorado in virtually every county and municipality. 

Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former member of congress, dairy farmer, community banker, real estate developer, and now a buffalo rancher in Colorado

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