Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

‘We need closure’: Rep. DeGette prepares for unprecedented Trump impeachment trial

By: - January 23, 2021

For Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette and other Democrats tasked with presenting an impeachment case against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate, the challenge will be managing a trial unlike any that’s come before it. Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, after the House of Representatives voted on […]

Small protest held outside Colorado Capitol, no violence reported as Biden sworn in

By: - January 20, 2021

Rick Bryant has tried to follow guidelines and stay away from crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, but he was excited enough on Wednesday to gather, masked and socially distanced, with a few dozen others on the steps of the Colorado Capitol in Denver. “Trump doesn’t have the nuclear codes no more!” Bryant said, laughing, as […]

Federal panel deals another blow to Jordan Cove pipeline project

By: - January 19, 2021

A pipeline project long championed by natural gas producers on Colorado’s Western Slope was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a federal panel upheld the denial of a permit by state-level regulators in Oregon. The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposal to build 234 miles of pipeline and a new liquefied natural gas export terminal […]

Colorado finalizes ‘roadmap’ for tackling greenhouse gas pollution

By: - January 15, 2021

Colorado climate and energy officials on Thursday released the final version of their plan to bring the state’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in line with the targets set by lawmakers in 2019. The Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, a draft version of which was released late last year, outlines a path toward the statewide […]

Colorado mountain towns call on Biden, Haaland to tackle climate crisis

By: - January 14, 2021

As communities in Colorado’s high country continue to deal with a worsening drought and the lingering impacts of 2020’s historic wildfires, local leaders are calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to take “bold action” to tackle the climate crisis and protect America’s public lands. “The Biden administration and the new Congress should prioritize adopting reforms […]

Feds: Colorado man drove to D.C. for Capitol riot with 2,500 rounds of ammunition

By: - January 13, 2021

A man living in Colorado brought more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition with him when he traveled to Washington, D.C. prior to last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, and he threatened to kill multiple elected officials, federal investigators alleged in a new court filing. Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. was arrested in D.C. on Jan. […]

Gov. Polis: Feds should weigh criminal charges against GOP leaders for inciting Capitol riot

By: - January 12, 2021

In a lengthy message posted to his personal Facebook account on Monday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called for potential criminal prosecutions against Republican leaders for their role in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol and backed an effort to expel some GOP members of Congress by invoking the 14th Amendment. “The easier part is […]

Rep. Boebert under scrutiny for tweets relaying ‘intel’ during Capitol attack

By: - January 11, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is facing new calls to resign or be removed from Congress over two brief messages sent from her Twitter account during last week’s deadly attack by right-wing extremists on the U.S. Capitol. The tweets, which received fresh scrutiny after being widely recirculated by Boebert’s critics on Sunday, were sent in the […]

With emissions ‘off track,’ Colorado environmental advocates call for stronger climate enforcement

By: - January 11, 2021

Nearly everyone in Colorado’s environmental policy world agrees that there’s an urgent need for the state to bring its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals set by lawmakers 18 months ago. But as regulators prepare to undertake a series of critical rulemaking processes in 2021, they’re still at odds over exactly how to […]

‘A little fear is always good,’ says Trump Colorado campaign surrogate of Capitol riot

By: - January 8, 2021

In social media posts following the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing rioters earlier this week, a surrogate for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in Colorado said that “a little fear is always good” and warned that similar assaults might happen in the future. “Both sides seem to be fed up with government […]

Pro-Trump crowd cheers reports of U.S. Capitol chaos at Denver rally

By: - January 6, 2021

As the first reports of Wednesday’s shocking, unprecedented takeover of parts of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing protesters reached attendees at a satellite event on the steps of the Colorado Capitol in Denver, reactions were mixed. Many in the crowd of several hundred supporters of President Donald Trump cheered the news when it was first […]

Reworked carbon tax, zero-waste ballot initiatives proposed by Denver climate activists

By: - January 5, 2021

The activists behind a slew of recent environmental ballot initiatives in Denver are back again with a pair of proposals they hope to put to voters in an upcoming city election. Preliminary language for the two initiated ordinances, dubbed Polluters Must Pay and Waste No More, was filed with Denver elections officials on Tuesday by […]