Conservation groups announced Thursday that they have collected more than 2 million comments — almost 50,000 of them from Coloradans — supporting this week’s landmark ruling by a federal appeals court that upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules for greenhouse gases.
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Colorado’s conservation community deemed the 2012 state legislative session a success this week after it saw a half dozen bills it supported pass and 15 efforts to undermine the environment thwarted.
Colorado’s senior member of Congress, Democrat Diana DeGette, issued a statement today blasting Republican attempts to roll back wilderness and roadless area protections for public lands, also offering her support for national Great Outdoors Week Aug. 20-28.
Kayakers and conservation groups will rally at a downtown Denver boat shop Tuesday to hand deliver U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Director Jim Martin tens of thousands of comments on the federal agency’s proposed guidance on which bodies of water in Colorado and around the nation qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act.
On the final day of the legislative session Wednesday, Colorado’s conservation community praised state lawmakers for staving off a slew of bills aimed at turning back the clock on the Ritter administration’s “New Energy Economy” and also for passing a handful of bills that actually advance the state’s reputation as a leader in clean energy policies.
Last session, arguably the most critical piece of environmental legislation passed by Colorado lawmakers was the landmark Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, which mandated the shuttering of several Front Range coal-fired power plants and conversion of others to natural gas or renewable energy sources. This session, the legislature just completed the final step in implementing the law that was so bitterly opposed by Colorado’s coal industry last year.
Seventy percent of Colorado ratepayers would see their electric bills increase if a bill laid over in the House Transportation Committee becomes law, according to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). HB 1271 would collapse a tiered system, which currently allows low-energy users to pay less per kilowatt hour than high-energy users.
Conservation groups are girding for battle in what they claim is a coming assault on the Clean Air Act by U.S. House Republicans, including Colorado congressmen Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn. Environment Colorado today issued a release ahead of the State of the Union address urging President Barack Obama “to protect the nation’s public health against threats from dirty energy lobbyists and their allies in Congress.”
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will likely decide this morning on the fate of the Denver-area Cherokee 4 coal-fired power plant unit – one of the last major sticking points in getting the state’s largest utility in compliance with…
The Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner Monday kicked off more hearings on a plan submitted by Xcel Energy that would brings the utility giant into compliance with the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act passed by the state legislature last session.