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After COP27, all signs point to world blowing past the 1.5 degrees global warming limit

BY: - November 24, 2022

This commentary originally appeared on The Conversation. The world could still, theoretically, meet its goal of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius, a level many scientists consider a dangerous threshold. Realistically, that’s unlikely to happen. Part of the problem was evident at COP27, the United Nations climate conference in Egypt. While nations’ climate negotiators […]

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 23, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 8, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in next week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals — but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 5, 2022

In the wake of major coal ash spills from power plant containment ponds in Tennessee and into the Dan River along the North Carolina and Virginia border, the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 laid out the first federal rules for managing the ash, one of the nation’s largest waste streams, and the toxins it […]

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A biggest ever for battery storage — but not for long

BY: - November 5, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in Big Pivots. The 13,500 solar modules sandwiched by hillsides of sagebrush, pinyon and juniper near Glenwood Springs capture the eyes. It’s the four shipping containers of lithium-ion batteries, capable of five megawatts of storage, that will briefly set a new high mark for Colorado. Battery storage is coming on in […]

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Beyond the climate tipping point

BY: - November 3, 2022

A detailed new report on the Marshall Fire from state fire officials comes to a conclusion that’s clear to anyone who acknowledges the reality of climate change, but still it’s chilling to read it in a document produced by a state bureaucracy. “In the aftermath of the Marshall Fire, one wonders if a tipping point […]

Congressional Democrats from Colorado ask Forest Service for $10 billion funding plan

BY: - November 1, 2022

A group of Democratic U.S. senators and representatives from Colorado asked the U.S. Forest Service to create a plan for the $10 billion in funding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act allocated for forest management and health.  In a letter addressed to Forest Service Chief Randy Moore Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and […]

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Thompson Divide protections are just as significant as Camp Hale designation

BY: - October 31, 2022

On Oct. 12, Coloradans were given a reason to celebrate: President Joe Biden designated the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument in Colorado. That same morning, before Air Force One touched down in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Department of the Interior received a proposal for a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal for the Thompson Divide area. If […]

Even as drought forces water cutbacks, climate gets short shrift in midterm election

BY: - October 30, 2022

LAKE MEAD, Nev. — The streaks of white on the rock ringing the nation’s largest reservoir show how far its water levels have dropped since it was last full. Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, which send water to 40 million people in the Southwest, are at their lowest levels since they were filled in […]

Bennet, O’Dea spar on climate, energy issues in Grand Junction debate

BY: - October 26, 2022

The race for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat returned on Tuesday to the Western Slope, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Joe O’Dea debated the issues in a region significantly impacted by both the clean-energy transition and a historic megadrought fueled by climate change. O’Dea, a first-time candidate and Denver construction CEO, returned […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 22, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]