Environment

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming.  The $66 billion […]

How the House reconciliation bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures […]

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures.  The […]

Climate corps, forest funding backed by Colorado Democrats included in House budget bill

BY: - September 10, 2021

Two major conservation proposals backed by Colorado lawmakers are one step closer to passage after being included in the House of Representatives’ version of Democrats’ high-stakes budget bill. Rep. Joe Neguse’s plan for a new Climate Conservation Corps and Sen. Michael Bennet’s proposal to boost funding for forest-management and wildfire mitigation efforts are both included […]

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. […]