Environment

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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 […]

Pro-climate transportation planning rule that could mean major change nears vote

BY: - December 13, 2021

Environmental advocates are feeling hopeful as Colorado’s 11-member Transportation Commission nears a vote this week on a proposal to make state transportation planning processes more climate-friendly — but the rule’s supporters say the key will be in how the program is implemented in the months and years to come. More than a year in the […]

Haaland promises governors federal help for fires, drought

BY: - December 11, 2021

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pledged federal resources and cooperation with governors from 19 Western states to tackle wildfire resilience, drought management, oil and gas cleanup efforts and other issues made more difficult by climate change.  Speaking at the Western Governors Association meeting outside San Diego on Thursday, Haaland touted funding for Interior priorities in […]

Billions targeted to state wildlife conservation under bipartisan push in Congress

BY: - December 9, 2021

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday called for Congress to approve billions in new funding for states to manage wildlife recovery work. At a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said a bill they introduced this year would help protect 1,600 threatened species, […]

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Street protesters understand climate change crisis more than politicians do

BY: - December 6, 2021

COP26 has come and gone, but what emerges from the climate change summit will be with us today and tomorrow. Finally, at least, there seems to be consensus that climate change is taking place, but my experiences at the summit last month in Glasgow, Scotland, suggest two starkly distinct perspectives on the severity of the […]

In restoring gray wolves to Colorado, big decisions lie ahead for wildlife planners

BY: - December 3, 2021

When Colorado voted in 2020 to reintroduce gray wolves to the Western Slope, the victory was by no means a landslide for wolf advocates. Just 50.9% of voters supported Proposition 114, a citizen-backed initiative that required the state to develop and implement a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves west of the Continental Divide […]

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 3, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday encouraged President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing less than a week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called for […]

Natural gas company cancels pipeline project championed by Colorado drillers, politicians

BY: - December 1, 2021

A proposal to build a major new natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon has been officially dropped, its backers told federal regulators on Wednesday, finalizing the defeat of a project that had long attracted support from Colorado’s oil and gas industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Jordan Cove […]

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Hey, Congress, climate change is a health care crisis

BY: - November 30, 2021

As a nurse, I am sounding the alarm on climate change as an urgent public health crisis and calling on our Congressional delegation to take bold action to lessen the effects of climate change that are negatively impacting our health. They have the tools in front of them, right now, to begin the urgent process […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

Sage-grouse protection plans in the West under review by Biden administration

BY: - November 28, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management is updating Obama-era plans to manage the greater sage-grouse in 10 Western states. The BLM has published a request for comments to help update management plans for the bird’s habitat in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and other Western states.  The Interior Department agency will review new scientific data, including […]

Interior Department calls for oil and gas leasing updates, but not ending production

BY: - November 27, 2021

The U.S. Interior Department recommended increased fees for oil and gas exploration on federal lands as part of a long-awaited report released Friday that environmental groups said didn’t go far enough in limiting fossil fuels and Republicans derided as an attack on domestic producers. The report, ordered by President Joe Biden during his first week in […]