Environment

Colorado lawmakers revive plans to better monitor — but not regulate — some toxic air pollutants

BY: - March 4, 2021

A year ago, Colorado lawmakers were moving forward with ambitious legislation to track and regulate new categories of air pollutants from facilities like Commerce City’s Suncor oil refinery when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing them to drastically downsize the proposal. In an abbreviated end to the legislative session in June, they passed only a tiny […]

Senate panel advances Deb Haaland’s historic nomination to lead Interior Department

BY: - March 4, 2021

Deb Haaland has moved a step closer to becoming the first Native American to serve as a federal Cabinet secretary, with a Senate committee on Thursday advancing her nomination to lead the Department of the Interior.

Proposal to ban local limits on natural gas killed in Colorado House committee

BY: - March 4, 2021

A Colorado House of Representatives committee on Wednesday defeated a proposal that sought to ban local governments from placing restrictions on the use of natural gas by homes and businesses. House Bill 21-1034, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dan Woog of Erie, was postponed indefinitely on a 7-5 vote following debate in the House Energy and […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause will not curtail LWCF’s conservation obligations

BY: - March 3, 2021

On the same day that President Joe Biden signed an executive order which, in the face of climate change, called for a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land and the reassessment of the leasing system, Western Energy Alliance denounced the order as a threat to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. […]

Gray wolf reintroduction wasn’t popular with Western Slope voters. Some lawmakers want guardrails.

BY: - February 27, 2021

Proposition 114 requires the state to reintroduce gray wolves on the Western Slope, but most of the Coloradans who contributed to the measure’s narrow victory in November voted from counties east of the Rocky Mountains. In contrast, just five of 22 counties west of the Continental Divide supported the ballot initiative. The voter-backed initiative directs […]

Conservation groups cheer House passage of Colorado public lands package

BY: - February 26, 2021

Colorado conservation advocates are cheering the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill that would establish new or permanent protections for more than 1 million acres of federally-owned land across the state. By a vote of 227-200, the House on Friday passed H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, with four […]

Colorado lawmakers debate public lands legislation on House floor

BY: - February 25, 2021

Democratic and Republican members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Thursday took sharply differing positions on a major package of public lands legislation as it was debated on the floor of the House of Representatives. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette and the newly elected chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and […]

Xcel aims to double renewables, retire coal plants early in state-required ‘clean energy plan’

BY: - February 25, 2021

Ahead of a key regulatory proceeding next month, Colorado’s largest utility on Wednesday announced plans to achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 2030. Xcel Energy’s first Clean Energy Plan, a new type of filing required by Colorado’s 2019 climate-change legislation, aims to double the utility’s renewable energy and battery […]

Rep. Boebert spars with Colorado Democrats as public lands bill advances in House

BY: - February 23, 2021

With Democrats newly in control of the White House and the U.S. Senate, a legislative package that includes two long-anticipated Colorado public lands bills appears headed for swift passage in the House of Representatives — over the objections of the congresswoman who represents the Western Slope district where much of the affected land is located. […]

Haaland faces GOP critics at her Interior confirmation hearing

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland confronted expected tough questioning from Republican senators on Tuesday at her confirmation hearing to become the first Native American secretary of the Department of the Interior. But the New Mexico Democrat also drew support from Rep. Don Young, a longtime Alaska Republican who made a quick appearance to praise her […]

Biden taps Colorado wildlife advocate for key public lands role

BY: - February 22, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday announced new additions to its leadership team at the Department of the Interior, including Nada Culver, a Colorado-based environmental advocate with the National Audubon Society, for a key leadership role at the Bureau of Land Management. Culver will serve as deputy director of policy and programs at the BLM, […]

Air commission denies environmental group’s petition to explore stronger greenhouse gas rules

BY: - February 19, 2021

Nearly two years after the passage of Colorado’s landmark climate law, environmental advocates are still pressing Gov. Jared Polis’ administration to enshrine its targets into strict, comprehensive rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions by big polluters — and Polis and state regulators still aren’t budging. On a 7-1 vote, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission on […]