Environment

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

House Democrats kick off reconciliation process with $30 billion Interior bill

BY: - September 3, 2021

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday inched toward approval of a $30 billion bill to fund climate, tribal and environmental programs.  Thursday’s meeting marked the first time a congressional committee considered any piece of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan meant to fundamentally change U.S. health, climate, education and tax policy. Democrats plan to move […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Colorado labor, environmental groups push for big spending on clean transportation

BY: - September 1, 2021

Top Colorado Democrats joined leaders from local labor unions and environmental groups on Wednesday to call on the federal government to combat climate change with historic levels of spending on public transit and electric vehicles. “We are living in a time of climate crisis, and we recognize that we need to do better, we need […]

Hickenlooper wants carbon pricing in Democrats’ budget bill

BY: - August 31, 2021

As negotiations over a high-stakes budget bill begin in Washington, D.C., Colorado Sen. John Hickenlooper told constituents in a virtual town hall on Monday that a carbon-pricing mechanism to combat climate change tops his wish list for the legislation. “The thing I’d like more than anything is to get a price on carbon,” Hickenlooper said. […]

Louisiana governor on Hurricane Ida: ‘We’re just getting started’

BY: - August 29, 2021

“Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Hurricane Ida: ‘We’re just getting started’” was originally published by the Louisiana Illuminator. Hurricane Ida will remain dangerous and destructive until at least Monday morning, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. “We’re just getting started,” he said. The storm came ashore as a […]

State monitoring finds elevated air pollution levels near Suncor refinery in Commerce City

BY: - August 26, 2021

A state effort to measure air pollution levels near the Suncor Energy oil refinery in Commerce City found elevated levels of hazardous particulate matter in the area, officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a communication to residents Thursday. The new data were collected by CDPHE’s mobile air monitoring lab, […]

Sen. Bennet, local officials pitch $60 billion proposal to restore Western forests, watersheds

BY: - August 24, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet visited Denver’s Confluence Park on Tuesday to launch a multi-stop tour in support of legislation that would funnel billions toward federal, state and local efforts to mitigate wildfire risk and protect vulnerable watersheds throughout the West. Bennet’s Outdoor Restoration Partnership Act would allocate $40 billion to be used by the U.S. […]

Colorado air commission formally drops rule aimed at reducing car commutes

BY: - August 20, 2021

A month after state officials pulled their support for a proposed rule aimed at reducing commuter car travel, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission on Thursday made the proposal’s defeat official. In an 8-1 vote, commissioners approved a motion to dismiss a rulemaking proceeding for the Employee Traffic Reduction Program, which had been a key recommendation […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head up the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the […]

Boulder sheriff’s new Tesla said to be about cutting costs and carbon, not luxury

BY: - August 19, 2021

Boulder might want to downplay its image of privilege and wealth. But the local sheriff’s new ride, a Tesla Model Y, may not help. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will begin testing a Tesla as a patrol vehicle, the office announced in a press release on Aug. 16.  The press release defends the sheriff’s decision […]

Colorado proposes rule to curb greenhouse gas pollution from transportation projects

BY: - August 18, 2021

Colorado transportation officials have unveiled a proposal that they say will help reduce air pollution from cars and trucks and bring state and local infrastructure projects in line with the state’s greenhouse gas emissions goals. In a formal notice issued Monday, the state’s Transportation Commission announced that it plans to move forward with a proposed […]