Thursday, September 20, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, celebrated the announcement of Chimney Rock as America’s newest national monument, and thanked President Barack Obama and Colorado elected leaders for doing their part for southern Colorado’s economy.

“The designation of Chimney Rock as America’s newest national monument is great news for Archuleta County and Pagosa Springs, Colorado,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “In addition to the good jobs in southern Colorado that will be created and millions of dollars in public and private investment in the region, declaring Chimney Rock a national monument is key to preserving this irreplaceable natural and cultural resource.”

“It’s unfortunate that Rep. Scott Tipton, the member of Congress who represents Chimney Rock, cannot share in the credit for President Obama’s actions,” said Schwartz. “Despite Tipton’s stated support for making Chimney Rock a national monument, Tipton co-sponsored legislation with ‘Tea Party’ allies in Congress to strip the President of the authority he used to do it. While Coloradans celebrate our newest national monument, Tipton must answer for the fact that he tried to stop the President from being able to take this kind of action.”

“While Coloradans are puzzled by Tipton’s bad faith,” said Schwartz, “we join together to thank Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, and our President, for taking action to both protect Colorado’s natural resources and create Colorado jobs.”