Environment

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Colorado’s new rules to prevent ‘orphaned’ oil wells could fail to cover cleanup costs, report says

BY: - September 9, 2022

The bonds required by Colorado’s new financial assurance rules for oil and gas drillers may cover 25% or less of the total cost to clean up the state’s 50,000 wells, a new report estimates. That’s a major increase over the state’s previous bonding requirements, which had long been a target for environmentalists before the Colorado […]

U.S. House members raise doubts about Manchin environmental permitting deal

BY: - September 8, 2022

More than 50 U.S. House members are objecting to a push to revise federal environmental permitting requirements for energy projects — part of a deal Democratic leaders struck with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III to win passage of their climate, health and taxes bill that passed last month. The House members signed onto a letter […]

Denver closes schools amid record September heat in Colorado

BY: - September 7, 2022

Dozens of schools in Denver will close early again on Thursday, and several will remain closed all day, as a record-breaking fall heat wave continues to scorch much of Colorado and the western U.S. Temperatures in the Denver metro area reached a record high of 99 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday and are forecast to rise […]

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Hedging our bets on water in Colorado and beyond

BY: - September 7, 2022

Lake Mead’s receding waters have exposed sunken boats, dead bodies, and more. But the wisdom of a bet placed in 2005 by Las Vegas has also been revealed. The Southern Nevada Water Authority draws 90% of its water for a population of 2.3 million from Lake Mead. It had two intake pipes, one higher and […]

Speaker Pelosi during Boulder visit discusses ‘moral responsibility’ of climate action

BY: - September 1, 2022

Not long after reading a handwritten note from the daughter of Boulder County sustainability official Susie Strife, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasized that saving the planet is about protecting the nation’s children and their futures.  Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette joined a roundtable of scientists and climate experts at the National […]

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Invest in the future of America’s great wildlife legacy

BY: - August 30, 2022

Congress is on the verge of passing a bipartisan bill called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would transform conservation funding by sending an additional $1.4 billion a year to state and tribal wildlife-habitat conservation programs to shore up the 12,000 mostly non-game species that states have already identified as being at risk. First introduced […]

Colorado leaders ask Biden to protect lands outlined in CORE Act amid Senate deadlock

BY: - August 26, 2022

Multiple Colorado leaders penned a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to take action to protect lands legislators originally hoped to protect under the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act. Now the leaders are asking Biden to protect the lands through the Antiquities Act and other presidential authorities. Gov. Jared Polis, U.S. Rep. Joe […]

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 […]

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A small mountain town takes a big step

BY: - August 22, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in BigPivots.com. Crested Butte, a one-time coal mining town, has now turned its back on natural gas. Town councilors unanimously agreed that any new building erected on the 60 vacant lots cannot be served by gas. Major remodels must be electric ready. It’s Colorado’s first natural gas ban, although 80 other […]

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The moral imperative to tackle climate change

BY: - August 19, 2022

By Sister Elizabeth Fuhr A couple weeks ago, I led a retreat in the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains. We talked about our dependence on the air we breathe, how none of us can survive more than 4-5 minutes without air. Yet we know that toxins in our air from fossil fuels kill 200,000 […]