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  • Two Dems join bill to move BLM to West
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Two Front Range Democrats have thrown support behind legislation that would move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to a Western state — and ultimately in Grand Junction. U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada and Jared Polis of Boulder signed on as cosponsors of the bill by Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, that would require the BLM to move its offices to one of the states in which it manages vast swaths of land. "Relocating BLM headquarters to the West would be a natural fit... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Polis Endorse BLM Relocation To West, Colorado
    Posted in In the News on December 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Three Western Democrats have joined fifteen Republicans in co-sponsoring a House bill that would move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management out of Washington, D.C. to one of twelve Western states. The bill calls for shifting the Department of the Interior agency to one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) signed onto Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-Colo.) bill in J... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats criticize Trump’s Utah monuments decision as a threat to public lands elsewhere
    Posted in In the News on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Colorado’s top Democrats were swift to blast President Donald Trump’s decision Monday to scale back two national monuments in neighboring Utah, calling it a move that puts public lands at risk. “Preserving and expanding our national monuments is keeping in the best traditions of our country,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “In Colorado, we value our lands because they are part of our fabric and they strengthen local economies. We hope our leaders can find a way to let monuments rema... Read more

  • Perlmutter Reacts to Unprecedented Attack on Public Lands and National Monuments
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) reacted to the Trump administration’s decision to reduce the size of two national monuments, Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante – the largest reduction in protected federal land in the nation’s history. “This year we’ve seen a concerted effort by the Trump administration to roll back federal protections of public lands and even to devolve certain federal lands to state or local control. This type of attack on our public l... Read more

  • Trump’s reduction of national monuments draws impassioned reactions in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — Colorado’s environmentalists and Democratic politicians blasted President Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that he would drastically reduce the size of two wilderness national monuments in Utah. Some asked whether federal land in Colorado would be next. “In Colorado, we value our lands because they are part of our fabric and they strengthen local economies,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We hope our leaders can find a way to let monuments remain and return their foc... Read more

  • 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

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