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Michael FieldsMichael FieldsAugust 31, 20165min353

Gov. John Hickenlooper believes he knows best when it comes to Colorado’s energy economy. Recently leaked documents show that he is drafting an executive order requiring power plants in Colorado to reduce their CO2 emissions. Instead of building a consensus, respecting the role of the Legislature in creating laws, the governor apparently wants to exercise the force of law by executive fiat.


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Dan ElliottDan ElliottAugust 15, 20166min299

A puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwestern United States appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines and processing plants.


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Jeanne BassettJeanne BassettJuly 8, 20166min417

More than 500 firefighters are currently deployed along Colorado’s northern border battling the Beaver Creek fire. Reports are predicting that the fire — now exceeding 13,000 acres — will not be contained until August. For Coloradoans, this scenario is becoming more and more familiar. In the course of my work, I meet members of Environment Colorado from all parts of the state to talk about how we can work together to protect our air, our water and our treasured landscapes. I am increasingly hearing how climate change is directly affecting people across the state.


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Terry JarrettTerry JarrettFebruary 23, 20165min336

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay against President Obama’s massive “Clean Power Plan.” The Court determined that states should not be compelled to pay the exorbitant costs imposed by the plan until a federal court determines its legality. The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt a large-scale transformation of their energy grid through one of the most far-reaching regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Essentially, states no longer need to scramble to reduce power sector carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030. Because the power plan had required interim targets set for 2022, however, many states were already bracing for the costs of building new power sector infrastructure.