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July 4, 2022


Court’s EPA Decision May Lead to Slow
Dissolution of Republic


“Major Questions” Doctrine Could Hamstring All Regulatory Agencies

The impact of the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on carbon emissions was bad enough for its harmful effects on the Environmental Protection Agency and on climate change in general. But the way in which Chief Justice John Roberts addressed what the court calls “major questions doctrine” means that all executive-branch regulatory agencies – FDA, FTC, OSHA, SEC, and on and on – will have a hard time regulating corporate activity from this time forward. The Court said that on any “major question,” Congress must pass specific legislation to give the regulatory agency authority to issue rulings. The problem is, Congress has never had the time or expertise to issue legislation with that specificity. It has always passed general legislation and passed tasks on to executive-branch agencies to issue regulations. It is obvious that corporate lobbyists will be those who complain about “major questions,” then will tell Congress the type of legislation corporations want to see.

The U.S. Supreme Court did not just ignore precedent of the last few decades or so. It ripped apart regulatory theory going back more than a century, to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Taken together with the previous week’s rulings on abortion and guns, the conservative super-majority of the Supreme Court has changed the nation as utterly as the Polish Supreme Court under the PiZ party. We are in danger of quickly slipping into a corporate-led theocracy.

Calls are emerging for President Biden to pack the Supreme Court by adding more members, but the negative reaction FDR got in the 1930s for attempting to do the same thing indicates such moves have little chance of success. Other activists are calling for sweeping changes in the entire federal judicial branch. This will require some sort of Constitutional Convention, however, and it’s uncertain any such convention efforts would not be taken over by populists and Trump supporters. It’s easy to get discouraged by the “June from hell’ month of rulings from the Supreme Court. But on this July 4 holiday weekend, it’s important for women, gays, environmentalists, gun-safety activists, and others to join together and say, “We won’t go back!” in response to the flood of horrific rulings.



Pikes Peak Women Podcast Discusses its Own Future

In today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women, we are  discussing  who Pikes Peak Women actually is/are/will be, and how connections are made throughout the community to advance the status of women and ensure that women's voices are valued in all sectors of Colorado Springs life.
Our host, Mary Lou Makepeace, sits down with Beth Hall Roalstad, director of Homeward Pikes Peak and longtime member of Pikes Peak Women,  to discuss the history of Pikes Peak Women. This will feature PPW's  annual event, Wine, Women and Chocolate, which last month honored nine local Heroines of the Pandemic.

Here's where to hear this podcast:
Studio809 HERE
Apple HERE
Spotify HERE
Here are resources for topics/organizations discussed in the podcast:
Creations at the Edge,
   324 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs 
Homeward Pikes Peak
       2010 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs
El Paso County Health
  1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs
Rise Southeast  
Care & Share Food Bank
  2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs
CPCD .  . . giving children a Head Start
   2330 Robinson St., Colorado Springs
Hillside Community Center 
  925 S. Institute St., Colorado Springs
Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region
       506 E. Moreno, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services › parks
Leave No Trace
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner,

Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada


Registration Now Open for Summer Youth Activist Training

Registration is open for the Youth Activist Training week (a teen-oriented week which will take the place of Peace Camp), scheduled for July 25-29 at Knights of Columbus Hall next to Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. More information is at

 Each day will feature a different theme, including an Urban Experience walk on Tuesday and a Policy Day on Wednesday. If you or a youth you know, ages 13-19, is interested in activism, you won’t want to miss this! We’ll be featuring more information on actions and guest speakers in future eWeeklies. Registration willbe kept open through mid-July, but don't delay!


Peak Environment Podcast 91 Examines Native Plants and Their Role in Providing a Healthy Watershed

Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
Fountain Creek Watershed info
Fountain Creek Watershed Map
Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
Colorado Native Plant Society

Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here

Also, be sure to check out Podcast 90 on the city’s Green Infrastructure plan. Join City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy as he discusses how a dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.

City of Fountain Conservation and Sustainability Manager Katie Helm also shares the response from community members and why being able to partner with another organization to administer these services is so invaluable. (Resource Central is helping the city of Fountain with Lawn Replacement, Slow the Flow (irrigation evaluations), a smart controller program, and seminars).

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on any podcast app

You can also find Podcast 90 here


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