Environment

COMMENTARY

Biden’s new climate executive orders could mean economic opportunities

BY: - January 28, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first week in office shows how he intends to fulfill his campaign vow to protect the climate, starting immediately by rejoining the Paris climate agreement. After all, public health, the economy and America’s way of life depend on maintaining a stable, livable climate. On Wednesday, Biden issued a series of executive actions […]

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

BY: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate Wednesday that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.  On […]

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Boebert fails to face reality of climate change

BY: - January 26, 2021

On Thursday, Rep. Lauren Boebert, of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, introduced a bill to block the Paris Agreement, tweeting: “Unilaterally entering the Paris Agreement was wrong in 2016 and its wrong now!” The tweet included a photo of Boebert smiling righteously, pen poised for dissent — prepared to continue a slew of Trumpian environmental offenses. […]

Federal panel deals another blow to Jordan Cove pipeline project

BY: - January 19, 2021

A pipeline project long championed by natural gas producers on Colorado’s Western Slope was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a federal panel upheld the denial of a permit by state-level regulators in Oregon. The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposal to build 234 miles of pipeline and a new liquefied natural gas export terminal […]

Colorado finalizes ‘roadmap’ for tackling greenhouse gas pollution

BY: - January 15, 2021

Colorado climate and energy officials on Thursday released the final version of their plan to bring the state’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in line with the targets set by lawmakers in 2019. The Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, a draft version of which was released late last year, outlines a path toward the statewide […]

Colorado mountain towns call on Biden, Haaland to tackle climate crisis

BY: - January 14, 2021

As communities in Colorado’s high country continue to deal with a worsening drought and the lingering impacts of 2020’s historic wildfires, local leaders are calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to take “bold action” to tackle the climate crisis and protect America’s public lands. “The Biden administration and the new Congress should prioritize adopting reforms […]

‘Millions of birds will die’: Last-minute Trump rule aids industry

BY: - January 13, 2021

In July 2011, a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil burst near Laurel, Montana, dumping 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the nearby Yellowstone River. As federal officials reported the damage for weeks afterward, they found American white pelicans, owls and other bird species covered in oil, injured or dead. ExxonMobil agreed to pay $12 million to […]

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Rep. Neguse is a vital voice for biodiversity in Congress

BY: - January 11, 2021

After a year of frightening headlines, here’s one more: Wild populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plummeted 68% since 1970. It’s a harrowing statistic, but I am proud to say that one of our own Colorado representatives recently took the initiative to combat tragic species loss for current and future generations by proposing […]

With emissions ‘off track,’ Colorado environmental advocates call for stronger climate enforcement

BY: - January 11, 2021

Nearly everyone in Colorado’s environmental policy world agrees that there’s an urgent need for the state to bring its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals set by lawmakers 18 months ago. But as regulators prepare to undertake a series of critical rulemaking processes in 2021, they’re still at odds over exactly how to […]

Reworked carbon tax, zero-waste ballot initiatives proposed by Denver climate activists

BY: - January 5, 2021

The activists behind a slew of recent environmental ballot initiatives in Denver are back again with a pair of proposals they hope to put to voters in an upcoming city election. Preliminary language for the two initiated ordinances, dubbed Polluters Must Pay and Waste No More, was filed with Denver elections officials on Tuesday by […]

Bipartisan members of Congress launch wildfire caucus

BY: - January 5, 2021

Congressional Republicans and Democrats from the West are banding together with a common interest in mitigating and responding to the increasing intensity and frequency of wildfires. In a sign of the rising danger wildfires pose, Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado, a Democrat, and Rep. John Curtis, a Utah Republican, announced plans to launch the Bipartisan […]

Xcel Energy speeds up retirement of northwest Colorado coal plant

BY: - January 4, 2021

Colorado’s largest electric utility on Monday announced that it intends to close two of its coal-fired generating units earlier than previously planned, boosting the state’s efforts to transition to clean energy as it seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Xcel Energy will retire Unit 1 at the Hayden Generating Station in northwest Colorado in […]