The environment and those who want to preserve it lost a true friend last week. Richard Lamm, a three-term governor of Colorado, understood that stopping population growth, including limiting immigration, was the key to environmental preservation.
Dick served on our Board of Advisors and spoke to CAPS supporters on at least three occasions. In 1993, he and wife Dottie, a political force in her own right, addressed a CAPS dinner audience on Infinite People, Finite Resources. Lamm was known for his keen intellect, love of debates, and willingness to speak frankly—even on controversial issues.
Dick was a personal hero of mine. We shared not only a love of the outdoors and a passion for its protection, but we were both alumni of the University of California at Berkeley Law School.
Joe Guzzardi of Progressives for Immigration Reform said it well: “Lamm’s many allies in the uphill climb for stable, sustainable population and manageable immigration will deeply miss his strong, rational voice. The fierce battle that Dick predicted will be more challenging without him.”
A final thought from Governor Lamm: “You can’t solve tomorrow’s problems with yesterday’s solutions.”
The Memorial for Richard Lamm, held on August 31, 2021 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Musuem in Denver, CO, can be viewed here: https://rememberingrichardlamm.com/