“There is a storm if rhetoric and misinformation around how to best use our public lands. The Center for Western Priorities will be the eye of that storm, the calm center where integrity guides a policy solution that is on the terms of our neighborhoods and communities.”
— Trevor Kinkaid, executive director of the recently created Center for Western Priorities based in Denver
Last month a new, nonpartisan clearinghouse opened in Denver to serve as a source of information in the ongoing debate involving energy development and conservation on public lands.
The Center for Western Priorities launched in September to provide research-based accountability, data analyses and in-depth policy studies to ensure public lands and natural resources found throughout the western United States are used responsibly, according to a company news release.
“There is a storm if rhetoric and misinformation around how to best use our public lands, said Trevor Kinkaid, executive director of CWP, in the release. “The Center for Western Priorities will be the eye of that storm, the calm center where integrity guides a policy solution that is on the terms of our neighborhoods and communities.”
Kinkaid said CWP’s work will be focused on supporting policies that encourage responsible oil and natural gas development, while communities, economic drivers and wildlife that depend on the sustainability of public lands.
CWP recognizes public spaces must be shared with all types of people including, hunters and fishermen, ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts, and small business owners and energy developers in order to strike a meaningful balance between development and conservation, the release states.
“Our choice is not between this or that,” Kinkaid said in the release. “The solution we seek is a responsible compromise that is born from a shared set of facts.
“There must be a recognition that any oil and gas drilling should be done responsibly. If we drill responsibly we can protect farmers and ranchers, preserve favorite hunting spots, conserve water and land, and save the jobs, communities, and the way of life that our lands afford us.”
CWP pledges to engage decision makers, the media and western communities through a variety of platforms to provide impartial data, the release states.
For more information on CWP, visit www.westernpriorities.org.
The CWP’s work may also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WstrnPriorities and on Facebook.
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