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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxAugust 23, 201811min869

Investors: Don’t buy what political activists are trying to sell you in Colorado. I’m surprised this reminder is even necessary, given how anti-oil and gas ballot measures collapsed in 2014 and 2016. But according to the Denver Business Journal, this month’s signature submittal for anti-oil and gas Initiative 97 “rattled some investors,” with a $3 billion drop in the combined market value of some of Colorado’s largest energy companies observed in the days afterward.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 21, 20186min323

“Water, water, everywhere, so let’s all have a drink!” Thus spoke the great political and social commentator Homer Simpson, when, a few seasons back, he found himself afloat in the middle of a salt-water ocean. As his thirst grew, he recalled what he thought was the lesson of being marooned at sea. Happily, as the Simpson’s is only a silly comedy show, it was all resolved in 28 minutes time, and all was well.


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Faith WinterFaith WinterAugust 21, 20186min511

The Clean Air Act of 1970 – which was signed into law by a Republican President, demonstrating that a commitment to our environment doesn’t have to be a partisan issue – allows states to either comply with federal vehicle emissions standards or to adopt one alternative set of standards. The last set of federal standards were adopted with support from auto-manufacturers in large part to align with the state standards, so that they would have one clear standard. President Trump’s proposed rollback of the federal standards would result in two standards once again, unless the federal government forces the states to adopt the federal standard – which would be a blatant intrusion on a right of the states that has been respected by Presidents of both parties for decades.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 20, 20186min437

Last week I found myself pursuing five electric scooters at ten miles per hour that had commandeered a full traffic lane northbound in Denver on Lincoln Avenue. Since Bird and Lime dumped hundreds of their stand-up, motorized scooters without warning on the city’s sidewalks, more and more riders seem to feel the street is a better option for them than the sidewalk. This can’t possibly be a good idea and it is only a question of time before a driver dispatches several of them to an emergency room or the morgue. Skateboarders are now joining in the fun. Honking at them only elicits a middle-fingered salute.


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Anita SeitzAnita SeitzAugust 20, 20185min646

Three years ago, a small group of local governments forged a coalition to push for stronger climate protection policies in Colorado. That coalition, Colorado Communities for Climate Action, is now 20 communities strong. Our member jurisdictions span the Western Slope and the Front Range, municipalities and counties, resort towns and suburbs. They share a commitment to reducing carbon pollution, protecting Colorado from the growing impacts of climate change, and ensuring that our economy can remain competitive and sustainable in the years to come.