Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

GOP group removes video of congressional candidate Aadland’s ‘rigged’ election claim

By: - August 26, 2022

A Jefferson County Republican group has quietly removed from its website a video of a conspiracy theory-laden speech by Colorado congressional candidate Erik Aadland, in which he falsely claimed the 2020 election was “absolutely rigged.” Aadland, an Army veteran and former oil and gas executive, spoke to the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club in June […]

Front Range water utilities join expanded Colorado River Basin conservation pledge

By: - August 25, 2022

Five municipal utilities that provide water to the most densely populated areas along Colorado’s Front Range on Wednesday joined their counterparts from across the Colorado River Basin in promising to increase their water conservation efforts. In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation sent Aug. 24, the utilities — Denver Water, Aurora Water, Colorado […]

Bennet, O’Dea offer contrasting visions of a Colorado River in crisis

By: - August 24, 2022

Along the winding rural highways and forested watersheds of northern Colorado, the paths of Colorado’s two U.S. Senate candidates intertwined on Tuesday at a series of events that put a spotlight on the all-important Colorado River Basin and what fate awaits it in an age of catastrophic climate change. Standing atop the dam at Windy […]

Senate candidates clash on abortion as race in Colorado heats up

By: - August 22, 2022

As the summer drags on, temperatures are rising in Colorado’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race, with incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Joe O’Dea clashing over the issue of abortion rights. Bennet’s campaign began airing the race’s first attack ad last week, knocking O’Dea for his support for the GOP-appointed Supreme Court majority that […]

How Democrats’ climate bill will ‘supercharge’ Colorado’s clean-energy efforts

By: - August 18, 2022

With a signature from President Joe Biden on Tuesday, congressional Democrats’ $369 billion package of spending to fight climate change became law — and federal officials say it won’t be long before Colorado and other states start to see the benefits. “We will see some impacts immediately,” Michael Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, […]

New water cuts announced by feds after Colorado River Basin states miss deadline for agreement

By: - August 17, 2022

Federal officials on Tuesday moved to implement a series of emergency cuts to water use in the Colorado River Basin, after seven Western states missed a deadline to come up with a plan to do it on their own. The cuts announced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation include reductions in annual releases from Lake […]

Bennet leads O’Dea by 8 points in Colorado, says GOP-funded Senate poll

By: - August 15, 2022

Despite promises from Republican leaders to be “all in” on Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet remains favored to hold off a challenge from first-time GOP candidate Joe O’Dea, a new poll shows. The poll, released by Republican firm McLaughlin and Associates on Aug. 12, found that 48% of voters would choose […]

Climate-friendly school buses in Aurora introduced by Gov. Polis, EPA officials

By: - August 11, 2022

Every weekday, more than 25 million children across the United States ride the bus to school — and before long, environmental advocates hope, most of them will be riding in battery-powered, zero-emission electric vehicles. Gov. Jared Polis joined Colorado lawmakers and officials with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to promote efforts to electrify school bus […]

Colorado Democrats, environmental groups cheer Senate passage of ‘historic’ climate bill

By: - August 8, 2022

The Senate’s weekend passage of a $369 billion package of spending to fight climate change is drawing cheers from environmental advocates and calls for the bill’s swift adoption in the House of Representatives. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which also includes tax hikes on corporations and health care spending, was approved on a 51-50 […]

Colorado oil giants still funneling explosive profits to Wall Street, not new drilling

By: - August 8, 2022

With their profit margins exploding, the handful of corporations that control the vast majority of Colorado’s oil and gas production continued in the first half of 2022 to funnel cash to shareholders and restrict investments in new drilling, earnings reports show. At Civitas Resources, formed through mergers between five large Colorado drillers, CEO Chris Doyle […]

In a burned-down neighborhood, Coloradans call on Biden to declare climate emergency

By: - August 3, 2022

Suzanne Sawyer-Ratliff and her daughter had just begun to notice a change in the sound and scent of the air outside her home on the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2021, when they received an emergency alert on their phones. After living in Superior for more than 40 years, Sawyer-Ratliff had “five to 10 minutes” to […]

Front Range transit leaders hope free rides lead to better air

By: - July 28, 2022

Amid another summer full of ozone alerts along the Front Range, state and local officials will gather at Denver’s Union Station on Thursday to kick off a monthlong initiative to provide free public transit service throughout the Regional Transportation District system. The “Zero Fare for Better Air” program will run Aug. 1–31, at the peak […]