The latest warning of a looming environmental disaster by the Denver Post’s Bruce Finley is that the sky is falling.
More specifically, he says the sky is failing to star because of so-called “light pollution” across Colorado’s Front Range.
Finley cites light-control ordinances to protect “night views” and “sleeping conditions” in Durango, and says other towns and national parks are pursuing “dark sky designations” concocted by the National Park Service.
This year, Westcliffe became the first municipality in Colorado, and 11th worldwide, to achieve an official designation as a dark sky town. The townsfolk celebrated this month by installing a public telescope west of the bowling alley on Main Street.
The federal government has for years been pushing this Starry Skies initiative, but not so much because of city lights.
The real targets are coal and fracking operations, which environmentalist claim pollutes the skies with work lights and flaring.
Even when these operations are miles and miles away from a national park, greenies are screaming to shut down oil and gas because they can’t see the stars.
It’s a clever ruse, but we’re not so starry eyed that we can’t see where this will lead.