Environment

Biden pick to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife vows ‘collaborative conservation’ at agency

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pledged Wednesday to let science guide decision-making at the agency and to collaborate with government and private partners. Martha Williams, the former director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that wildlife […]

Senators urge increased production of fossil fuels in reaction to spiraling energy costs

BY: - November 17, 2021

Days after global leaders agreed for the first time to decrease coal usage and subsidies for fossil fuels, U.S. senators battled over rising gasoline prices and urged action on the high cost of energy — including by increasing production of coal, oil and gas. The Tuesday hearing, led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman […]

Biden blocks energy leases in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon as tribal nations summit meets

BY: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday said the administration will move to prevent oil and gas development for two decades near Chaco Canyon, an area in northwestern New Mexico that’s culturally significant to the area’s Native American communities and important for biodiversity. The plan was formally announced during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, the first […]

Women and families in poor countries most feel brunt of climate change

BY: - November 14, 2021

The two-week climate conference in Glasgow shone a spotlight on the harm climate change inflicts on women and families in the world’s most vulnerable countries. Women, who often hold lead roles in providing food and health care for their families, are on the front lines, according to advocates participating in panel discussions during the COP26 […]

Back from COP26, Rep. Neguse urges ‘transformational’ climate spending in Biden budget bill

BY: - November 13, 2021

Returning this week from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse said his second trip to a U.N. Climate Change Conference went a lot better than his first, to COP25 in Madrid, Spain, two years ago. “Boy, what a change two years can make,” Neguse told reporters in a virtual press conference […]

COMMENTARY

Closed meetings at well sites foster distrust

BY: - November 12, 2021

For decades, the state commission that keeps watch over Colorado oil and gas operators was at least as much an industry partner as it was a regulator. The law demanded it — a statute directed the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to “foster” industry operations until the General Assembly in 2019 bolstered the commission’s regulatory […]

Weakened bonding rules for oil and gas companies knocked by environmental groups

BY: - November 11, 2021

Environmental and community groups are urging Colorado oil and gas regulators to go back to the drawing board on a new set of financial-assurance rules that they say are too favorable to industry. The five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission heard testimony on pending regulations relating to financial assurance, also known as bonding, in […]

COMMENTARY

We have a moral responsibility to take bold climate action now

BY: - November 11, 2021

Beginning this week, countries across the world are coming together in Glasgow for COP26 to discuss how the world will address our climate crisis. I have joined with 536 other state legislators from 47 states and territories calling on the federal government to raise our ambition and strengthen our national climate commitments under the Paris […]

Neguse, other U.S. lawmakers in Glasgow aim to bolster climate-rescue efforts at global conference

BY: - November 10, 2021

A delegation of Congressional Democrats including Florida Rep. Kathy Castor told conferees Wednesday at the global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that the United States is not just talking, it is acting to reduce pollution, gird against vulnerabilities such as extreme storms, heat and flooding  and demonstrate how major polluters can change. “America is back […]

White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

BY: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They […]

Colorado to receive billions from infrastructure bill for climate-resiliency projects

BY: - November 10, 2021

Colorado will receive billions of dollars in the recently passed federal infrastructure investment bill, including money for both traditional infrastructure projects and ones aimed at increasing resiliency in the face of more frequent and more intense extreme weather due to climate change. The bill includes approximately $50 billion for infrastructure resilience to climate events, preparing […]

Here’s what you should know about climate policy in Colorado

BY: - November 9, 2021

Every hour of every day, Colorado is adding huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming greenhouse gases to the Earth’s atmosphere — 126 million tons of them in 2019 alone, according to state estimates. That’s a modest improvement since Colorado’s emissions peaked at 150 million tons around 2010, but it’s nowhere near enough. The […]