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Peter Bauer (Source: RCPA)

"Bauer's power" on environment angers local leaders

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The headline in yesterday's Adirondack Daily Enterprise reads "Bauer's power." It's a reference to Peter Bauer, the sometimes controversial environmental activist who heads the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. Bauer, who lives in Blue Mt. Lake, is the only Adirondack resident named to governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition advisory committee. His inclusion on the Environment and Energy subcommittee has angered many local government leaders who have clashed with Bauer in the past. They worry that his influence could derail a regional snowmobile plan proposed by the Pataki Administration. They're also unhappy with Bauer's proposal to freeze all decisions affecting the Adirondack forest preserve until after Spitzer's environmental team is in place. Brian Mann spoke with Bauer about his role on Spitzer's committee.

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