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John Kinkaid: Don’t lose hope in Moffat County’s strength

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid

Friday morning after our meeting with Sen. Cory Gardner, I came back to the office and listened to a voice mail from Nina Burleigh, national political reporter for Newsweek magazine.

She saw the story in the New York Times that touched on Moffat County and Colowyo mine. She will be in Colorado to research a story all this week and Wednesday she will be in Moffat County.

Her story is slated to be published in late August in Newsweek. I don’t know if it’s intentional or just coincidence, but August is when the EPA’s new rule for existing power plants is supposed to come out officially.

I just want to encourage everyone to be strong and courageous during this time. The Moffat County story is grabbing national attention and we need to leverage this to change public opinion with regard to coal and the misuse of Endangered Species Act (greater sage grouse).

It is our conservative estimate that underneath the county are approximately 72 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Misuse of the Endangered Species Act will block its extraction and hurt farming and ranching. It defies common sense to say that 500,000 greater sage grouse are close to extinction.

Over and over again, I’ve seen divine intervention on our behalf. It’s happened too many times to be coincidence.

If your personal faith allows, please pray for our county, our future and that this upcoming story will be fair and accurate.

I’d like to encourage everyone to give Ms. Burleigh a warm Moffat County welcome on Wednesday and show your support for coal and our economy. Get those yard signs out and please know that all three of your commissioners are fighting hard on your behalf.

John Kinkaid is one of three Moffat County Commissioners.

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