- 1): Everything has been deeply affected by mining and logging. Most areas were logged over at least once. The remnants of old mines are everywhere. Cleanup costs were socialized as our commons were privatized.
- 2): There is no danger from predators. There’s no need for precautions, as the grizzly bears are gone. Once logged, roaded, mined, the bears have to leave. The wolves were long ago eradicated. There are rumors surfacing now and then of a grizzly or two in the San Juan area. Coyotes are sometimes called wolves. Harsh reality is that Colorado is officially a “safe for sheep” state.
Conservationists won a lawsuit. In a scripted PR gesture, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber fired some employees. That is cynical beyond the pale.
Chomsky noticed years ago that the public relations industry used coded words, short and pithy phrases like “death panel,” “support the troops,” “freedom,” … all devoid of meaning but having emotional impact. Another of those dog whistle words, “jobs*,” is used when they mean “profit.”
In reading the link above to the Missoulian article on the lawsuit, merely substitute “profits” whenever Stoltze talks about its employees, and your job as vigilant citizen will be done for today.
*As in “Forest Jobs and Recreation Act,” not a word about logging in the title of the bill, though that is the substance of it.