Commentary

Loosening restrictions too early increases risk of vaccine-escaping mutants

BY: - February 10, 2021

We all want to reopen. With cases dropping, is it finally time? For Gov. Jared Polis, the answer is a partial yes. As of last Friday, the governor oversaw yet another revamp of the state’s pandemic dial, moving the goalpost to allow many counties to enjoy looser COVID-19 restrictions. Still, many experts remain hesitant. This […]

Increased vulnerability to COVID-19 connected to oil and gas development

BY: - February 9, 2021

Imagine living near an oil and gas refinery which emits more than 800,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants, a company made to pay a $9 million settlement in 2020 for state and federal air pollution violations. Your son and your mother have asthma and it’s often not safe for them to go outdoors. In this […]

RTD betrayed taxpayers on FasTracks

BY: - February 8, 2021

FasTracks could be the most egregious example of taxpayer betrayal in modern Colorado history. The story of that betrayal is stark: A taxing authority said it would do something, voters entrusted it with their money to do that thing, and then the authority didn’t do the thing it said it would do. There are reams […]

As Biden administration acts boldly on climate, Colorado should follow

BY: - February 5, 2021

Late last month, the Biden-Harris administration made it clear that addressing climate change will be a priority. After rejoining the Paris Agreement and revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit, President Biden then signed a package of climate-related executive orders aimed at creating an equitable clean energy future that can support good-paying jobs. The administration committed […]

State Rep. Karen McCormick brings science to lawmaking

BY: - February 3, 2021

Some new lawmakers seek fame. Some, apparently, seek to overthrow the government. The good ones simply do the job we elected them to do. Newly elected state Rep. Karen McCormick is here to do the job. A Democrat representing House District 11, McCormick is a woman of science who holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture […]

Take a stand against the planet-threatening Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 2, 2021

By Sara Hersh, Dave Robinson, Heidi Leathwood, and Michael Denslow As we will outline below, Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is unneeded and an environmental disaster in the making. It unnecessarily contributes to our climate emergency, violates Indigenous lands and treaties, and puts local people at risk of COVID-19 and worse, considering the history of missing […]

Protesters marching

Private prison phase-out is welcome. Now do it for immigration.

BY: - January 29, 2021

Less than a week into his term, Biden issued an executive order that will phase out Department of Justice contracts with private firms that operate criminal detention facilities. It was a welcome move. But an incomplete one.

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 […]

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. […]

How much longer will we ignore Rep. Boebert’s bond to white supremacy?

BY: - January 23, 2021

I remember hearing about a Sarah-Palin-like figure who would be my generation’s representation of the newest Republican leaders. Due to my own white complacency, I hadn’t realized how incredibly dangerous this woman, who now represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, could be. On Jan. 6, violent domestic terrorism was done to the U.S. Capitol by white […]

The most important speech of Boebert’s life, annotated

BY: - January 22, 2021

At about 1:55 p.m. on Jan. 6, the freshman representative from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Lauren Boebert, stepped to the microphone on the floor of the U.S. House. It was her third full day as a congresswoman, and it was her first floor speech. The speech is certain to endure as one of the key […]

America 2.0

BY: - January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden and Madam Vice President Kamala Harris. That sure feels good to say. So good, in fact, that I pushed back my weekly column by a day just so I could say it. And here we are. After years of error screens and powering down, America is finally rebooting. Version 2.0 begins with […]