Maggie Fox, Sierra Club

 

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

"It's interesting how we see history differently. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., talked about the settlement 10 years ago as if everyone in the whole world was there. In fact, the conservation community was not there because we were expressly excluded. I think if we had been part of those talks, some of the issues we would like to get on the table now would have been on the table then. To look at this project is to see some insurmountable obstacles to its construction. That is why a couple of years ago we commissioned an alternative study. Any proposal that grows out of this process needs to be cost-effective; it needs to be environmentally benign to the best of our ability, and it needs to include participation by all of the constituencies who are expected to pay for it."