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Colorado Democrats Defeat Effort to Reinstate COOL
Denver, Colo. – On 4/3/17, the Democratic leadership of the Colorado House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, Chair Jeni James Arndt and Vice-chair Diane Mitsch-Bush, led the defeat of a measure designed to inform Colorado consumers of the origins of beef found on grocery store shelves.
Representative Kimmi Lewis and Senator Vicki Marble introduced HB17-1234 to allow Colorado consumers to choose between U.S. beef and foreign beef. With one Democrat and one Republican breaking party ranks, the Democrats prevailed to kill HB17-1234.
"The Tariff Act of 1930 requires virtually all imported goods be labeled as to their origin to 'an ultimate purchaser.' However, the USDA failed to define 'ultimate purchaser' as the end-user consumer. As a result, meatpackers were able to hide the origins of beef they sourced from 20 different countries, including Croatia, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Honduras and Nicaragua, to name a few," testified Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA.
Bullard said the 2002 country of origin labeling (COOL) law corrected USDA's failure by requiring country of origin labels to remain on beef "through retail sale," which means all the way to the consumer.
"But then in 2015 Congress repealed COOL for political convenience and the true origins of imported beef are once again hidden," said Bullard adding, "Colorado now has the opportunity to correct Congress' error by reinstating country of origin labeling information for Colorado consumers."
"When meatpackers think prevailing cattle prices are too high, they bring in cheap, undifferentiated imports to suppress domestic cattle prices. And, when they want to increase shareholder profits, they bring in cheap, undifferentiated beef and pass it off to unsuspecting consumers for the same price as domestic beef, using the good names and reputations of U.S. ranchers to accomplish their deception."
"If you vote against this bill, you will be helping the multinational meatpackers exploit producers on one end of the supply chain and consumers on the other," Bullard cautioned.
"This important bill pitted the interests of independent ranchers and consumer against the interests of multinational meatpackers and huge corporate retailers. The Democratic leadership of Colorado's House Agriculture Committee demonstrated their allegiance to the latter at the expense of the former. We couldn't be more disappointed," Bullard concluded.
Voting to defeat the measure were Democratic Representatives Jeni James Arndt, Diane Mitsch-Bush, Jessie Danielson, Daneya Esgar, Chris Hansen, Donald Valdez, and Republican Representative Yeulin Willett.
Voting in favor of the measure were Republican Representatives Kimmi Lewis, Jon Becker, Perry Buck, Hugh McKean and Lori Saine, and Democratic Representative Steve Lebsock.
With all due respect to the author, just what is historic preservation? What do historic preservation and core curriculum have in common? Take a look: http://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/.
Before you start crying "black helicopter" do your own research. It is time to call a spade a spade. While we are weaving "a beautiful tapestry that showcases who we were, who we are and who we can be," I would ask you to take a very thoughtful and educated approach regarding the property rights you may be relinquishing forever.
With respect to preservation increasing property values, I would ask you to look at the value of property that is in conservation easements vs. the value of property that still contains development rights. How do conservation easements increase our tax base? As more property is conserved, less is available to fully contribute to the tax base. Vast swaths of land have been forever closed to their greatest economic development potential throughout our county and state. The economic impact on a community because of a lack of development in perpetuity seems to have been grievously ignored in our quest for green. We need to look a little further than the end of our noses when we are dictating the use of property years from now - when we are long in the grave.
"Preservation has been at the forefront of the 'green movement' for 50 years," and if you would like to learn more about the "green movement" please read the excellent book, Behind the Green Mask.
And speaking of weaving . . .
Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832)
Unfortunately, party affiliation and the environmental/energy ideology of the majority leaders in the Colorado Senate prevailed over common sense. Any measure that can be taken to reduce the amount of methane escaping from any mine anywhere into our atmosphere should be taken. The opportunity to generate electricity and add jobs to the private sector are an added bonus. Methane is 21 times more potent a greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide but, the proposal by Senator Baumgardner didn't fit the 'environmentalist ' narrative. The fact that this bill was assigned to the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee makes me wonder if the vote may have been counted before you ever testified.
While smart meters may or may not interfere with internet service providers, I don't understand why we aren't discussing the possible health issues related to the use of this technology. Fifty-three experts have signed onto an open letter entitled "Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation" which contains statements such as:
• “the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency radiation as a 2B, possible human carcinogen“
• “Children are especially at risk.”
The open letter, a list of the 53 experts who signed it and their affiliations, and links to supplementary resources are available at:
I would hope there would at least be some discussion regarding this information.
"Democracy is a messy, inefficient form of government, but that's what we're stuck with." ~ Denise Connelly
What form of government would she prefer?
To whom have we entrusted our childrens' education?
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