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Faith WinterFaith WinterAugust 21, 20186min597

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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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 7, 201712min2831

Will voters care if Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow represented some unsavory characters early in his career as an attorney? It’s a serious vulnerability, says one of his primary opponents, and a veteran Republican strategist who won two statewide races in Colorado thanks to similar attacks on another Democrat agrees. Crow’s campaign team, however, says his background and experience will only serve to strengthen his bid to unseat Republican Mike Coffman, a five-term incumbent.


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James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 11, 20174min307

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn't given up on the proposal's goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado's status as a national leader in fighting air pollution.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 11, 20179min393

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is throwing her support behind the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as it defends itself in court against environmentalists opposed to oil and gas development projects. The environmentalists are pursuing a federal lawsuit to halt Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. The oil companies plan to drill for oil and use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on 379,950 acres of public lands.


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Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 20, 20165min536

Coloradans love clean energy. Seventy-six percent of Colorado voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who promotes wind and solar energy. Certainly many of them helped expand our pro-conservation majority in the Statehouse during the last election. Renewable energy embodies many of the values that Coloradans voted for on Election Day, including self-reliance, the right to choose, concern for natural resources and the knowledge that a healthy environment goes hand-in-hand with a strong economy.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 15, 201610min381

Around 3,000 commercial and multi-family buildings in Denver would be asked to start providing information to city officials about their energy efficiency under an ordinance before Denver City Council. The information - described as similar to gas mileage stickers for motor vehicles - would help the city meet its Energize Denver climate goals. Municipal, institutional, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings of at least 25,000 square feet would be asked to track and report their energy usage annually, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s free online tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Exemptions are available for building owners that claim they are unable to benchmark their building due to its condition and other factors.


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsSeptember 20, 201613min346

There’s no issue more partisan in Colorado than energy production, so it’s not surprising that opinions of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s draft executive order on climate change are divided right along party lines. But some observers are surprised the governor is going there at all. “We do not have a state record of governors using executive orders the way the president of the United States does, and therefore I would characterize Hickenlooper’s actions as unusual for the Colorado chief executive,” said Bob Loevy, professor emeritus of political science at Colorado College. “Governors don’t ordinarily use administrative orders for things that are politically controversial in Colorado.”