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  • Interior Secretary Zinke stops in Denver to tout new USGS, School of Mines partnership
    Posted in In the News on October 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke joined Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Ed Perlmutter in Denver on Monday to announce a new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Colorado School of Mines placing a new facility at the university. Along with representatives from the School of Mines including university president Paul C. Johnson, Zinke signed a proclamation Monday at the Denver Athletic Club to create a new facility on the university’s campus. Zinke said the partnership buil... Read more

  • Interior Secretary Zinke signs science deal with Colorado School of Mines
    Posted in In the News on October 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an agreement in Denver Monday to establish a partnership between Golden’s Colorado School of Mines and the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of the Interior’s science agency. The partnership will bring a $120 million building — $161 million including related investments — and 150 federal employees to the Golden campus, officials said. Moreover, it will bring major research opportunities, grants for the school, internships for the students and rising... Read more

  • Senate panel advances revival of conservation fund
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Now that the Sept. 30 deadline has come and gone for renewal of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the Senate is taking another shot at finding a way to get the program back on track. On Tuesday the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources amended a bill that would fully fund and permanently reauthorize the program. The bill, S. 569, is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state and has 47 co-sponsors, including both of Colorado’s senators, Democrat... Read more

  • Urgency grows in Colorado over Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – The push by many in Colorado to get Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund has reached a fever pitch 10 days before it is set to expire. The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed a compromise measure to renew the fund, which for more than 50 years has provided funding for outdoor recreation and conservation efforts across the country. Congress originally authorized the fund over two 25-year periods, then reauthorized it again in 2016 through ... Read more

  • U.S. House coalesces at 11th hour to try to save Land and Water Conservation Fund
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    A rare instance of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., on Thursday yielded legislation that would permanently support a 54-year-old fund that has invested more than $268 million in Colorado’s outdoors. And the new bill could spur a sizable increase in federal support for recreation and access in the state. The Natural Resources Committee — helmed by Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, a vocal critic of federal expansion of public lands — approved a bill that would permanently reauthorize the Land a... Read more

  • Bill to make program allowing 4th graders free entry to national parks, waters passes US House
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – A bill that would establish a permanent federal program that allows fourth graders and their supervisors free entry to national public lands and waters, which has bipartisan support from most of Colorado’s congressional delegation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, of which Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) are original cosponsors, passed out of the House in a 383-2 vote. All seven of Col... Read more

  • Survey: Outdoors fund benefits all businesses
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    The preponderance of business owners in Colorado and three other western states believe the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been beneficial to their bottom lines, according to a recent survey. A poll of more than 800 mostly small-business owners in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana showed that the public lands that exist within those states, and the federal fund that helps secure more open lands, is not only good for the outdoor industry, but all others as well. The survey, ... Read more

  • Four Colorado Congressional lawmakers sign conservation-fund letter
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder and three other members of Colorado’s House delegation have signed onto the latest effort to urge Congressional leaders to find a way to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But missing from the letter: the only Republican in Colorado’s House delegation – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora – who has co-sponsored legislation that would do exactly what the letter asks. The fund, which largely draws on federal offshore drilling,... Read more

  • Colorado businesses call on lawmakers to renew federal conservation fund
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    A Colorado coalition of 70 businesses sent a letter Thursday to the state’s congressional delegation asking the lawmakers to support permanently reauthorizing the 54-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire Sept. 30. The businesses, ranging from a mortgage company to outdoor equipment companies to retail stores, wrote to federal lawmakers that the fund has generated more than $268 million since its inception to help build trails in Colorado, protect fish and wildlife habitat ... Read more

  • Trump’s new coal air pollution rules may not affect Colorado much
    Posted in In the News on August 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The Trump Administration’s move Tuesday to give states more authority to roll back federal regulations on air pollution from coal-fired power plants may not have much effect on Colorado. That’s because the Centennial State began its shift away from coal nearly a decade ago, with a state law called the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The law set in motion a move toward more use of renewable energy and natural gas, and away from coal-fired power plants. “Wildfires burning all over the world – smoke eve... Read more

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