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  • Young Arvadan making her ecological mark
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    One 7 year old in Arvada is proving even the youngest of us can make a difference in the world. Madhvi Chittoor, a first grader at Hackberry Hill Elementary, recently had success getting US Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to proclaim the entire month of April as Plastic and Styrofoam Pollution Awareness Month throughout the state. “The aim is to make Colorado residents aware of the impact that plastic pollution has on our environment,” said Chittoor. “Not only d... Read more

  • Perlmutter Joins Climate Solutions Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Lakewood, Colo. — In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus is co-chaired by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), and now has 75 members, split evenly betwe... Read more

  • Bennet, Democratic lawmakers demand ouster of embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is among the lead sponsors of a resolution introduced Wednesday calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, the same day White House budget officials opened an investigation into the decision to install a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in Pruitt’s office. The measure, signed by 170 Democratic lawmakers, slams Pruitt for “repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the... Read more

  • Bennet, Democratic lawmakers demand ouster of embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is among the lead sponsors of a resolution introduced Wednesday calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, the same day White House budget officials opened an investigation into the decision to install a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in Pruitt’s office. The measure, signed by 170 Democratic lawmakers, slams Pruitt for “repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats back congressional resolutions calling for EPA's Pruitt to resign
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress are cosponsors of identical resolutions introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House and Senate calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign amid a series of scandals. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is one of the lead cosponsors of the Senate’s resolution, and Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter are cosponsors of the House version. Their calls for Pruitt to resign aren’t new; three of the members called... Read more

  • DeGette, Bennet, Perlmutter join calls for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign or be fired
    Posted in In the News on April 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – Three Colorado Democrats in Congress are calling for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, or for the president to fire him, over a host of controversies as the White House continues to maintain his job is safe. Earlier this week, Rep. Diana DeGette called for Pruitt's resignation in a tweet, and she has continued to scrutinize the EPA chief throughout the week. "It’s time to #BootPruitt. @EPAScottPruitt should step down or be fired," she said in a tweet ... Read more

  • Perlmutter Calls For Scott Pruitt’s Immediate Resignation or Firing
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today joined 64 House Democrats calling for the immediate dismissal of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the Representatives raised Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful use of taxpayer money, and numerous actions which contravened the EPA’s mission. The Representatives wrote: “Pruitt worked out a special deal on housing rent with the wife of an industry lobbyist who represents companies regulated by the EPA ... Read more

  • Five things Colorado should know about Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending package
    Posted in In the News on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Transportation

    WASHINGTON — Congress this week passed a $1.3 trillion plan to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, and tucked into that 2,232-page measure — which President Donald Trump must sign to avoid a shutdown — are several provisions that will have an impact on Colorado. Among them: New money to fight wildfires A longstanding concern among Western lawmakers is the way that the federal government is forced to pay for its efforts to fight wildfires. Too often, the cost has been so much that the U... Read more

  • Colorado’s NREL – once threatened by draconian cuts from Trump – is spared in proposed federal budget
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — Once faced with devastating cuts, a research facility in Colorado now looks as if it will emerge unscathed in the federal government’s next budget. Included in Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year is $2.3 billion for a program within the U.S. Department of Energy that provides the bulk of the funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. That’s a roughly $230 million increase from what the department got the last time for its Office... Read more

  • Bennet, Gardner praise inclusion of extra wildland firefighting money in omnibus bill
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – Colorado’s U.S. senators praised the inclusion of extra money for firefighting in the latest $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill hours before they were set to vote on the measure. The wildfire funding fix, according to Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), will be a boon to the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department as they work to fight wildfires, primarily across the West. Currently, both agencies have to “fire borrow” money from fire prevention and other funds when they... Read more

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