Pegah Jalali

Pegah Jalali

Pegah Jalali is the environmental policy analyst for the Colorado Fiscal Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances fiscal and economic policies that promote equity and widespread prosperity.


We need real oil and gas reform to solve the orphaned well crisis

By: - December 20, 2022

In 2022, we finally started addressing the orphaned well crisis in Colorado. Our state has thousands of non-producing wells for which no owner can be found or there is no legally responsible party to plug the well due to bankruptcy. For years, companies have left them unplugged while many of these sites leak pollutants that […]


Colorado played major role in passing Inflation Reduction Act cost savings

By: - September 12, 2022

2022 will be a year we’ll remember for a long time. Facing war in Eastern Europe, economic uncertainty driven by the highest inflation in decades, still dealing with the effects of a deadly pandemic, and running out of time to act on climate, Congress — yes, Congress — decided to do something about it. The […]


End big oil’s public lands rip off

By: - June 13, 2022

Colorado’s public lands are part of what makes our state a special place to live and why so many visitors come here from across the world. Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry has been exploiting our public lands using out-of-date leasing rules to rake in profits using a buy-low-and-sell-high business model at the expense of […]


Federal reform is needed to protect Coloradans from oil industry messes

By: - February 18, 2022

Coloradans are proud of our public lands. We enjoy them in our free time, they’re critical to the economy, and they’re an important part of our state’s identity. We’ve always been careful about how we allow private companies to operate on them. Unfortunately, companies that drill for oil and gas on public lands don’t always […]


Congress must protect Colorado’s public lands in Build Back Better

By: - December 13, 2021

While it often feels like there’s more dividing than uniting us, vast majorities of Coloradans across political, racial and demographic lines strongly believe we should be protecting our state’s public lands. Polling conducted earlier this year shows nearly 4 out of 5 Colorado voters believe we should strictly limit or entirely stop oil and gas […]


Put the cost of oil and gas clean-up back where it belongs

By: - September 3, 2021

If there’s one thing most Coloradans can agree on, it’s that our communities and public lands need to be protected. Laws and regulations are there to make that happen, but there are instances where the federal government could be doing more. One example: The federal oil and gas program has been failing Coloradans, undermining our […]


As Biden administration acts boldly on climate, Colorado should follow

By: - February 5, 2021

Late last month, the Biden-Harris administration made it clear that addressing climate change will be a priority. After rejoining the Paris Agreement and revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit, President Biden then signed a package of climate-related executive orders aimed at creating an equitable clean energy future that can support good-paying jobs. The administration committed […]