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  • 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

  • Conservation Colorado fundraising off Sen. Cory Gardner’s report card
    Posted in In the News on March 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is doing some good for Conservation Colorado, but perhaps not in the way he would like. The state’s largest environment organization sent out a fundraising e-mail Wednesday with the Republican from Yuma as its centerpiece. Here’s what the pitch from deputy director Jessica Goad said, in part: "Wow. We knew Senator Cory Gardner was bad on environmental and public health issues, but after looking at his entire voting record from 2017 now we know that he actually couldn’t be ... Read more

  • Push to Move US Public Land Managers West Wins New Support
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Denver (AP) -- From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails. But more than 99 percent of that land is in 12 Western states, hundreds of miles from the nation's capital. Some Western politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — are asking why the bureau's ... Read more

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