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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxFebruary 9, 20188min6063

How often do you think the New York Times and a Colorado Springs conservative ever agree, about anything? That’s the question I was asking myself after reading recent news coverage in the Times about the geopolitical importance of U.S. oil and natural gas production. The Jan. 28 story explained how much diplomatic and economic leverage we now have over countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have historically used their energy supplies to intimidate other nations and get their own way.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 1, 20183min611

Colorado’s Senate State Affairs Committee rightly rejected Senate Bill 48, which would have allowed local elected officials to ban energy development and prevent minerals owners from accessing their private property. Senator Matt Jones, who is also running for Boulder County Commissioner this year, tried to say this was simply about giving local elected officials zoning authority like they would any other issue.


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Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonJanuary 15, 201714min676

The fossil fuel divestment movement may be losing steam in Colorado, but activists are hoping to reverse the slide by convincing the University of Denver to sell off its investments in coal, oil and natural gas. The University of Denver Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider at its Jan. 20 meeting a report from the board’s Divestment Task Force, which has met seven times since it was formed in response to an April request from the student organization Divest DU. So far divestment has failed to catch on in Colorado despite the best efforts of climate-change groups such as New York-based 350.org, which has championed the strategy as a way to tar the oil-and-gas industry's public image and bottom line.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 7, 201623min962

DENVER — So here we go … Election Eve. A fat man wearing a cape and underwear outside his leather tights will soon slide down chimney's across the land to deliver poll results ... or so the legend goes ... er, something like that ... according to my nightmare. It's hard to believe that the 2016 election cycle has been dragging on for nearly 16 months. Or maybe it feels longer depending on where you sit. Yikes! (Insert shameless plug here) Make sure you catch the Wednesday’s edition of The Hot Sheet when we break down all the results, campaign reactions and any fisticuffs (kidding – no not really) that ensue.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 25, 201616min348

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's actions regarding oil and natural gas development make him unfit to serve as interior secretary, 11 environmental groups said in opposing his possible appointment to the position. The groups, including at least three based in Colorado, sent an Oct. 15 letter to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that asked her to appoint a proven climate champion as secretary of the interior, should she win the White House. The letter said the groups feel Hickenlooper, seen as an advocate of oil and gas drilling and rumored pick for the position, does not meet that criteria.