Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 16, 201723min412

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Monday! Blah, we know. But, today isn't just any Monday. We have a mountain of a human being to celebrate today. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Let us not forget all this man accomplished for our nation, for civil rights and for true equality. Here's to hoping we see you downtown at the Marade — 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., 9 a.m. If you were one of those trapped in the rush to or from the mountain ski areas on I-70 this week, we feel your pain. All state legislators should be forced to travel the route each weekend as a grim reminder of the state of transportation in Colorado. CDOT served up a single tweet encapsulating what will surely be the weekend norm for the next few months:


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Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonJanuary 15, 201714min684

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.


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James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 11, 20174min252

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, 20179min343

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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Associated PressAssociated PressJanuary 10, 20172min255

Coal production in Colorado fell by nearly 40 percent in 2016, dropping to a low the state hasn't experienced since the 1970s. The Daily Sentinel reports that the U.S. Energy Information Administration released data Thursday showing the state's 2016 production was 11.4 million tons, down from 18.9 million tons in 2015, or a 39.5 percent decline.


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Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 20, 20165min473

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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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 14, 201614min379

State Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have signaled they will dedicate additional resources and attention next year to energy and environmental issues, but in the turbulent wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump as president, the news has observers wondering whether the party caucuses are simply shoring up positions or seeing new opportunity to move beyond long-established partisan territories. Speculation launched at the end of November, when Senate Republicans announced they had formed a new Select Committee on Energy and Environment. “I know people are kind of scratching their heads,” said committee Chairman Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. “I can say that the committee will be less about passing legislation and more about gathering information and getting it right. We tend to send energy bills to committees to do instead of fully discussing them. So this committee is going to be about gathering information that is correct, the best information, and reporting it back to the people. We want to help educate lawmakers and, more important, to help educate the public.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsSeptember 1, 20163min240

Regarding the column “Colorado’s collaboration on clean energy” that ran in the Colorado Statesman on August 24, the state’s clean energy economy has, indeed, seen remarkable growth over the past twelve years. But the energy default is still fossil fuels, and the deep pockets of some of the world’s biggest corporations are fighting to keep it that way. Despite the impressive speed with which renewable energy has grown, global warming is increasing even faster. We are going to need more than uneven state-by-state efforts to avert “catastrophic” global warming according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).