Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

BY: - May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Years after firefighters extinguish a blaze, after the smoke has lifted and ashes have cooled, the people who risked their lives to contain the fire face another danger: cancer and cardiovascular disease resulting from exposure to smoke and heat. Government and academic studies have shown firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer […]

Marshall Fire aftermath

Voters in Western states increasingly concerned about climate change, survey shows

BY: - March 1, 2022

Voters in eight Western states are increasingly concerned about the future of air, water and wildlife, according to the 2022 Colorado College State of the Rockies project survey results.  The survey — which was conducted by New Bridge Strategy and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates — asked voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, […]

Fire closes hospital and displaces staff as Colorado battles omicron

BY: - January 13, 2022

This story originally appeared at khn.org. The Colorado wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes last month has forced the temporary closure of a hospital and upended the lives of health care workers as the state’s already strained health care system braces for another surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, a community […]

Gov. Polis, Colorado lawmakers attend bipartisan infrastructure bill signing

BY: - November 16, 2021

Colorado politicians were on hand to witness President Joe Biden sign a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal into law Monday afternoon, paving the way for billions of dollars to flow into the state for roads, bridges and climate-resilient infrastructure projects. Gov. Jared Polis, Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse […]

East Troublesome Fire

Smokescreen: Are Colorado officials countering misinformation on smog — or hiding behind it?

BY: - September 22, 2021

The dozen or so speakers who testified in opposition to Colorado’s proposed Employee Traffic Reduction Program at an August hearing came from a variety of backgrounds. They made a variety of arguments. But there was one point that many of them repeated over and over again: They weren’t sure why the Air Quality Control Commission […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming.  The $66 billion […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

Sen. Bennet, local officials pitch $60 billion proposal to restore Western forests, watersheds

BY: - August 24, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet visited Denver’s Confluence Park on Tuesday to launch a multi-stop tour in support of legislation that would funnel billions toward federal, state and local efforts to mitigate wildfire risk and protect vulnerable watersheds throughout the West. Bennet’s Outdoor Restoration Partnership Act would allocate $40 billion to be used by the U.S. […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 7, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]


The link between extreme mudslides and climate change

BY: - August 4, 2021

Without a doubt, one of the largest threats to American infrastructure is climate change. This was illustrated yet again as upwards of 10 landslides ravaged sections of Colorado’s Interstate 70 corridor, closing the Glenwood Canyon portion of the highway indefinitely. This came after weeks of intermittent slides that have exhausted personnel and had a chilling […]

Water ‘crisis’ discussed by Interior’s Haaland, Colorado officials at Denver roundtable

BY: - July 22, 2021

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s visit to Colorado began on Thursday at the headquarters of Denver Water, where she met with state and local leaders to discuss federal efforts to deal with the worsening drought conditions that have spread across much of the American West. “Being from New Mexico, I know how much climate change impacts […]