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Aspinall used adroit parliamentary maneuvers and his superior knowledge of House rules and procedures, along with his relationships with the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations to achieve his ends. And, thanks to Schulte, I learned that the Indian blanket strategy of using Indian water rights to justify reclamation projects was not, as I had thought, the creation of backers of the Dolores and Animas-La Plata projects.

It owes its origins to Aspinall himself, who proposed renaming Bridges Canyon Dam, Hualapai Dam, after the Indian tribe whose reservation lies within the Grand Canyon near where that dam would have been built. So the reader is free to form his own judgment. Aspinall had to have known those five Colorado projects were nothing but porkbarrel trash. He knew the cost-benefit ratio of Fry-Ark was dismal. And how could he have not known that the foundations in Grand Junction built on Union Carbide tailings were radioactive?

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Return to Book Page. Colorado Congressman Wayne N. Aspinall was variously dubbed the "Ruler of the Land," a "bridge between the old and new Wests," and the environmental movement's "most durable foe.


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Schulte details a political career that encompassed some of the most crucial years in the development of the twentieth-century West. As chairman of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee from to , Aspinall shaped the nation's reclamation, land, wilderness, and natural resource policies.

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His crusty and dtermined personality was at the enter of some of the key environmental battles of the twentieth century, including the Echo Park Dam fight, the struggle for the Wilderness Act, and the long controversy over the Central Arizona Project. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 15th by University Press of Colorado. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.