climate change

COMMENTARY

Biden’s American Jobs Plan invests in infrastructure and workers while putting us on a path to meet our climate goals

BY: and - June 25, 2021

After a year of COVID-19, Coloradans are starting to see hopes of things going back to normal. But in its wake, the pandemic has caused too much loss — we’ve lost loved ones, closed down businesses, and upended our day-to-day routines. Now, one of the biggest challenges we face in Colorado is also one of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

DeGette measure to undo Trump methane rollback advanced by House committee

BY: - June 10, 2021

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on Thursday to advance a resolution sponsored by Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette to nullify a Trump administration rollback of federal environmental regulations limiting methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure. House Joint Resolution 34, introduced by DeGette in March, would invoke the Congressional Review Act to invalidate the […]

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 […]

Historic $5.3 billion transportation bill sent to governor’s desk

BY: - June 3, 2021

Lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation funding package, sending the historic measure to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 21-260, which sponsors say will provide a “future-proofed” funding source for transportation through a variety of new fees levied on consumers, […]

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Climate of Resistance: The public is owed a fair share of natural resources wealth

BY: - June 2, 2021

The three biggest wildfires in Colorado history all occurred last year. The biggest fire in 2020 — that is, the state’s biggest fire ever — was more than 50% bigger than the biggest fire in any other year in the state’s history. The 20 biggest fires in state history have all occurred in the past […]

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Our future, health depends on climate action

BY: - May 29, 2021

I just wrapped up my senior year at Colorado State University. It was one defined by many challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, devastating wildfires and adjusting to a new, virtual normal. In the past year and a half, the intersections of our environment and health have been exposed more than ever. In Fort Collins, we […]

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Veto of environmental justice bill would be a broken promise

BY: - May 28, 2021

As young leaders in Colorado, we have seen first-hand the devastating effects of climate change. We’ve lived through increasingly brutal wildfires, which destroyed homes, made our air quality the worst in the country last summer, and put both rural and urban communities on the front lines.  We need our elected officials to do everything in […]