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  • Colorado Lawmakers Request Resources to Prevent Invasive Species Infestation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Representative Jared Polis sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging a rapid response to the invasive mussel larvae detected in Colorado’s Green Mountain Reservoir. Cosigners of the letter include Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton, Doug Lamborn, and Mike Coffman. In August, Colorado Parks and Wildlife detected invasive quag... Read more

  • Ruling on Trump's 'one in, two out' on regulations has stakes in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are anxiously awaiting a federal judge's ruling on President Trump's "one in, two out" policy on regulations. Public interest groups and a labor union sued the government to block enforcement of the policy, saying it overstepped Trump's constitutional authority. Judge Randolph Moss's comments during a hearing last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia hinted at some agreement with arguments from attorneys for Public Citizen, the Natural... Read more

  • Trump budget threatens national lab in Golden, but NREL advances continue
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    GOLDEN – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has 40 years of history behind it, but walking through its sprawling Front Range campus one can’t help but think 40 years into the future. Solar cells that can be spray-painted onto windows or printed at a Home Depot; power grids that can take in a wide portfolio of traditional and renewable energy and adapt to changing environments; homes with appliances that communicate with each other to share power between electric cars, water heaters, applia... Read more

  • What withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement means
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The United States is leaving an international agreement aimed at lowering greenhouse gases. “I am fighting every day for the great people of this country,” President Donald Trump said during a speech at the White House Thursday afternoon. “Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” Here’s how the agreement works and what U.S. withdrawal means: What is the Paris climate agreement? It’s a promis... Read more

  • Trump says US will abandon global climate accord — Colorado officials condemn, shrug
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favorable terms. Framing his decision as “a reassertion of America’s sovereignty,” he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” His decision ended weeks of ... Read more

  • What Colorado lawmakers are saying about Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris accord
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would begin the four-year process of taking the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. In doing so, he cited a much disputed report that predicted the agreement would cost American jobs, and he set the U.S. at odds with nearly every other country in the world. Colorado’s elected Democrats, many of whom had pleaded with the president not to take this step, had a lot to say. They slammed the president and pledged that Colorado and Denver... Read more

  • Dems scorn Trump decision, GOP lawmakers are quiet
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement brought sharp criticism from Colorado's Democratic lawmakers Thursday and little support from Republicans. While in Pueblo touring an addiction treatment center, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said Trump is turning his back on renewable energy and the new economy, where Colorado is a leader. Democrats may have been expecting the Trump decision because they quickly announced their disagreement. Republican lawm... Read more

  • 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

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