Kelly SloanKelly SloanApril 30, 20186min449

There is something to be said for a legislative process which, even in what many have categorically proclaimed to be the most bitterly rancorous, partisan year in living memory, still manages now and then to churn out legislation which tackles major issues and does so in a bi-partisan manner. One such effort is Senate Bill 18-003, sponsored by Senator Ray Scott and Representatives Chris Hansen and Jon Becker, which resuscitated the floundering Colorado Energy Office, and made it a better agency in the process.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 15, 201710min1498

Free-market think tank Independence Institute released a study Thursday that concludes the all-renewable-energy plans of two Democratic gubernatorial contenders — former state Sen. Michael Johnston and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis — would add $45 billion to Colorado ratepayers' utility bills. Independence called Polis's and Johnston's goal of a fossil-fuel-free power generation in Colorado by 2040 a "green energy fantasy."


Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20174min670
Sen. Michael Bennet is arguing that the Republican tax bill could dim the energy behind wind and solar development in states that are plugged in, such as Colorado. The Democrat from Denver signed a letter to leaders of Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to preserve wind a solar tax credits in their […]

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Bob WinklerBob WinklerApril 21, 20175min1666

It's important to remember that mineral extraction has never been safe or without risk but with extreme methods it's become even more risky. Running Weld counties economy on mineral resources that use and release toxins is an unavoidable part of extraction and requires a "sacrifice zone," which is labeled as less inhabitable by poisoning in the name of profits.


John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 19, 201715min467

In Colorado, the rule is that oil and gas wells can be sited 1,000 feet from a school building. A bill that aimed to update that rule to measure the setback instead from the school property line drew crowds to the Capitol this month to testify in support of it and major drilling industry figures to argue against it. In the end, there were no surprises concerning its fate. Oil and gas drilling has long been a top partisan issue at the Legislature.


Tom PyleTom PyleMarch 17, 20176min423

There’s an old and unfortunate truth about Washington, DC: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” For the past eight years, the Obama administration’s “keep-it-in-the-ground” policies have kept the oil and gas industry “on the menu” and stymied responsible energy development and threatened to make energy more expensive for Colorado families.