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  • Seize the day
    Posted in In the News on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    This Saturday, May 20 marks the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day, a holiday created as a non-political celebration of public lands, but whose meaning seems amplified in a national political climate where public lands protection is under threat. More than 100 events of all kinds are planned around the state to ring in the new holiday, which is the only state-specific celebration of public lands (National Public Lands Day happens every September 30). There’s a group run in Durango, a hiking gu... Read more

  • Perlmutter Responds to Trump’s Climate Change Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order that attempts to reverse multiple major U.S. initiatives to combat climate change. “President Trump’s decision to roll back the progress we’ve made combating climate change is short-sided and a bad move for our economy. The Clean Power Plan and the many other protections put in place over the last eight years are good for our national security, good for the c... Read more

  • Trump's order undoing anti-climate change efforts draws ire of Colo. Dems, applause from GOP
    Posted in In the News on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday aimed at ending Obama-era climate change rules and curbing climate regulation enforcement sent ripples across Colorado’s political spectrum. Colorado Democrats hammered Trump and his order to review and possibly rewrite the Clean Power Plan as a major threat to the environment and peoples’ health, but the order was lauded by state Republicans, who said that the order would free up the energy sector to expand the nation’s economy. Trump hi... Read more

  • Defenders and attackers of loan guarantees briefly switch sides
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Some rhetorical judo led to a Democrat calling to close the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program while a Republican praised the initiative yesterday. At the hearing, titled "Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program," before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, lawmakers challenged the program's record and debated the future of DOE's role in spurring clean energy deployment. The main philosophical debate was whether a government agency should be in the bu... Read more

  • Bera new top Democrat on House space subcommittee
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats have named Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member of the space subcommittee as they finalized the roster of members who will serve on that subcommittee. Bera, entering his third term in the House, succeeds Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who previous served as the top Democrat on the subcommittee. Edwards chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2016, unsuccessfully running for the Senate instead. “As a kid who grew up during the height of the s... Read more

  • Congress rolling back BLM’s methane rule, similar to Colorado’s rule
    Posted in In the News on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s nascent rule requiring oil and gas companies to look for and fix field equipment that may be leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The move is part of Republicans’ broader effort to dismantle some regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The House and U.S. Senate, which also has a Republican majority, also gave final approval th... Read more

  • Lawmakers Concerned: Trump Freezes EPA Grants, Bars Communication
    Posted in In the News on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER (CBS4) – Some Colorado lawmakers say they are deeply troubled by an order by President Donald Trump to censor several agencies’ communication and freeze grant awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Tuesday, Trump ordered an unspecified number of projects that receive funding from the EPA frozen until further notice. CBS News reports funding will not cease from cleanup operations like the Gold King Mine spill, which polluted the Animas River in southwest Colorado in 2015.... Read more

  • Perlmutter Denounces Gag Order on EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the Trump Administration instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily suspend its contract and grant awards as well as issued a media blackout on all external communications from the federal agency: “I’m troubled by recent reports that the Trump Administration has placed a gag order on the EPA essentially silencing employees. Furthermore, I will need to look into their suspension of n... Read more

  • Perlmutter Legislation to Spur Transfer of New Technologies at National Labs Included in House Energy Research and Innovation Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Legislation cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today as part of H.R. 589, the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. H.R. 589 provides policy direction to the Department of Energy (DOE) on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development (R&D), research coordination and priorities, and reforms to streamline national lab management. Perlmutter’s legislation, the Department of Energy Laboratory Modern... Read more

  • Colorado Representatives Answer Your Questions
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Campaign Finance Reform, Equal Rights, Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Immigration, K-12 Education, Transportation, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    What would you like to ask your Congressperson? That’s the question we presented to 5280 readers on social media in December. We fielded dozens of questions on topics that matter to Coloradans before selecting a few to take to our local legislators. Voters re-elected every incumbent Representative in 2016, keeping our mix of three Democrats, who primarily represent the Denver-Boulder metro area, and four Republicans who represent Colorado Springs, the Aurora suburbs, and rural communities on the... Read more

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