"We need to move forward into a future that is rich in both technology and nature," Scott Sampson says during an appearance on Colorado Matters at the Tattered.
Some participants also voiced concerns about potential cuts in federal funding for science and research. Others wanted an opportunity to move science out of labs and academia.
"Over The River," which would have suspended six miles of silver fabric over stretches of Colorado's Arkansas River, has faced a lot of opposition.
Wild Earth Guardians alleges the the state's plan violates the Colorado constitution.
President Barack Obama pushed for a more forceful approach in areas like climate change and renewables, but the Trump administration could undo much of his work.
The county's commissioners say that adding large industry, such as oil and gas, would put a strain on natural resources.
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