climate change

COMMENTARY

Legislative trio brings ’embodied carbon’ bill to the table

BY: - May 27, 2021

You’ve heard of climate change. Have you heard of embodied carbon? If not, you aren’t alone. When it comes to green initiatives, we often turn to topics such as renewable energy or electric vehicles. Yet embodied carbon — the comprehensive carbon footprint of a material — contributes notably to greenhouse gas emissions. Embodied carbon is […]

Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. Nearly 90% of the West is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the federal U.S. […]

Steve Fenberg and Bob Rankin

Senate passes $5.3B transportation package backed by local governments, business groups

BY: - May 18, 2021

The Colorado Senate on Monday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation-funding package, sending the bill to the state House of Representatives and bringing lawmakers one step closer to achieving a long-sought-after agreement to fund a backlog of infrastructure needs. “We see it every day in our roads and bridges that are falling apart, […]

Frustration mounts over Polis’ climate bill veto threat as supporters rally at Capitol

BY: - May 14, 2021

As roughly a hundred environmental activists joined Democratic lawmakers on the lawn of the Colorado Capitol on Thursday to rally in support of a major piece of climate change legislation, there was a feeling of exasperation in the air. “This shouldn’t be this hard,” said state Sen. Faith Winter, a Democrat from Thornton and lead […]

COMMENTARY

Why does Garry Kaufman still have a job?

BY: - May 14, 2021

Denver has long been famous for dirty air. In recent years air pollution throughout the Front Range has warranted increasing concern as regulation of toxic emissions proved persistently inadequate. The fouled state of the air presents an immediate risk to public health and is a manifestation of the regulatory breakdown behind the far more dangerous […]

COMMENTARY

Why Coloradans should care about Senate Bill 200

BY: - May 12, 2021

In January, Gov. Jared Polis set forth a climate roadmap for Colorado. Now, he is threatening to veto the very legislation required to meet his goals. This should raise the eyebrows of every Coloradan — particularly those who voted for him. The backstory: In 2019, fresh off a wave of new elections, Democrats introduced House […]

Colorado lawmakers unveil $5.3 billion proposal to solve ‘transportation crisis’

BY: - May 5, 2021

A broad coalition of state and local elected officials and Colorado business groups on Tuesday unveiled a new legislative proposal that they hope will bring an end to a years-long quest to secure billions in new funding for roads and other transportation infrastructure. “For the first time, we are introducing something that isn’t just a […]

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer, members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

Climate bill advanced by Senate committee as Polis issues veto threat

BY: - April 29, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly again voted to advance a major piece of climate legislation on Wednesday, hours after Gov. Jared Polis harshly criticized the bill and indicated that he would veto it if it reaches his desk. The Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 21-200, sponsored by Sens. Faith Winter and Dominick […]

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

BY: - April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Standing in the same House chamber where a violent mob temporarily disrupted the certification of his victory, President Joe Biden on Wednesday heralded the country as “on the move again” as he sketched out his expansive vision for a post-pandemic America. Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick […]

Conservative groups float gas tax cut in response to Colorado lawmakers’ proposed fee hike

BY: - April 26, 2021

As Colorado lawmakers consider a plan to raise fees on gasoline sales to fund transportation and infrastructure projects, two conservative political groups on Monday threatened to back a ballot initiative to cut the state’s gas tax in response. Americans for Prosperity Colorado and Colorado Rising State Action said in a press release that they’re prepared […]

Senate committee advances climate bill opposed by Gov. Polis

BY: - April 21, 2021

Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday night advanced a major piece of climate-change legislation after a lengthy committee hearing that put on full display a long-simmering conflict between Gov. Jared Polis and top Democrats in the state Legislature. “We feel like the legislation we have passed has not been implemented,” state Sen. Faith Winter told Will Toor, […]