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  • 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

  • Defenders and attackers of loan guarantees briefly switch sides
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Some rhetorical judo led to a Democrat calling to close the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program while a Republican praised the initiative yesterday. At the hearing, titled "Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program," before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, lawmakers challenged the program's record and debated the future of DOE's role in spurring clean energy deployment. The main philosophical debate was whether a government agency should be in the bu... Read more

  • Bera new top Democrat on House space subcommittee
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats have named Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member of the space subcommittee as they finalized the roster of members who will serve on that subcommittee. Bera, entering his third term in the House, succeeds Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who previous served as the top Democrat on the subcommittee. Edwards chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2016, unsuccessfully running for the Senate instead. “As a kid who grew up during the height of the s... Read more

  • Congress rolling back BLM’s methane rule, similar to Colorado’s rule
    Posted in In the News on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s nascent rule requiring oil and gas companies to look for and fix field equipment that may be leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The move is part of Republicans’ broader effort to dismantle some regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The House and U.S. Senate, which also has a Republican majority, also gave final approval th... Read more

  • Lawmakers Concerned: Trump Freezes EPA Grants, Bars Communication
    Posted in In the News on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER (CBS4) – Some Colorado lawmakers say they are deeply troubled by an order by President Donald Trump to censor several agencies’ communication and freeze grant awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Tuesday, Trump ordered an unspecified number of projects that receive funding from the EPA frozen until further notice. CBS News reports funding will not cease from cleanup operations like the Gold King Mine spill, which polluted the Animas River in southwest Colorado in 2015.... Read more

  • Perlmutter Denounces Gag Order on EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the Trump Administration instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily suspend its contract and grant awards as well as issued a media blackout on all external communications from the federal agency: “I’m troubled by recent reports that the Trump Administration has placed a gag order on the EPA essentially silencing employees. Furthermore, I will need to look into their suspension of n... Read more

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