Environment

Bennet, Hickenlooper tout CORE Act in Senate committee hearing

BY: - June 16, 2021

Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper spoke in support of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, a bill that would establish a variety of protections for more than 400,000 acres of federally-owned land across Colorado, during a hearing on Wednesday before the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural […]

Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S.

BY: - June 16, 2021

A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the Biden administration to restart regular sales of oil and gas leases, forcing the administration to prematurely abandon a central piece of its climate change agenda.  In a preliminary ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 […]

COMMENTARY

The air conditioning paradox: How staying cool makes it hotter

BY: - June 16, 2021

Ain’t nobody got the words like a Southerner when it comes to heat waves — and this week, there’s gonna be a whole lotta hens layin’ hard boiled eggs. But before you reach for the thermostat, think twice. Every degree you turn it down, you’re turning up the dial on climate change. The air conditioning […]

U.S. House panel probes slow cleanup of ‘exploited’ coal mining sites

BY: - June 16, 2021

A U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee examined the cleanup needs for regions transitioning away from coal production Tuesday, with witnesses representing coal workers and Native American communities saying energy companies should be responsible for returning the land to its pre-mining state. Much of the conversation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing centered on […]

First-ever ‘excessive heat warning’ issued in Colorado as record highs forecast on Western Slope

BY: - June 14, 2021

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says that it has issued Colorado’s first-ever “excessive heat warning” as a heat wave descends on Colorado this week, with forecasts calling for record-high temperatures across parts of the Western Slope. The NWS warning extends across much of Utah and portions of northern Arizona and western Colorado, including […]

COMMENTARY

A once in a lifetime opportunity for our children

BY: - June 11, 2021

As a mother, I think about my son and his future every day. The young people of our great state are the future leaders of Colorado and the nation, and they deserve quality jobs, clean air, climate justice and strong livelihoods. That is why I am calling on Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet to […]

COMMENTARY

Will Biden’s $4B to stop Central American immigration make a difference?

BY: - June 11, 2021

I was standing on a hill overlooking Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in early March of 2020 when I first heard the word “remittances.” My guide and I were discussing the potential for the U.S. to invest money to help protect and restore the massive lake, a speculative idea in my mind, but one worth talking […]

Rare ‘extremely critical’ fire warning issued for northwest Colorado

BY: - June 10, 2021

A fire weather outlook published by the National Weather Service this week highlights an area of “extremely critical” fire danger for portions of northeast Utah and northwest Colorado, as drought conditions on the Western Slope continued to worsen. The NWS alert marks the first “extremely critical” designation for the region since 2006, the agency’s Storm […]

Colorado’s 2021 legislative session is over. Here are the big takeaways.

BY: - June 10, 2021

After one last hours-long debate on the House floor — this one over Senate amendments to a controversial climate bill — the Colorado General Assembly adjourned for the 2021 session shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday. It was the third year when Democrats held a trifecta of power in the House, Senate and governor’s office. Lawmakers […]

Lawmakers send climate bill to governor after GOP delay tactics, misinformation

BY: - June 9, 2021

In the tense final hours of Colorado’s 2021 legislative session, the state House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed a major greenhouse-gas emissions bill after a series of delay tactics from Republicans, who cried foul over its fast-tracked process while repeatedly making false claims about climate change. House Bill 21-1266 won approval from the House […]

Public lands pick Tracy Stone-Manning fends off objections from U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - June 9, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday grilled public lands nominee Tracy Stone-Manning of Montana about her past opposition to an “energy dominance” agenda, as well as her 2020 support for the Democratic challenger to a GOP senator from her home state who sits on the committee. The sometimes rancorous hearing previewed a […]

Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing

BY: - June 8, 2021

Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing. More than 100 organizations wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Monday asking that the Senate confirm Tracy Stone-Manning, a Montanan who led conservation and […]