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  • Dems launch a defense of climate warming scientists, national laboratories
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Is a climate-change purge coming to Golden? If you're one of the nearly 1,700 people working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, you should pay attention to this. The Trump administration's transition team is asking for the names and other information about who works on climate change, especially those in top positions. Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to put up a fight, according to a letter from 26 House Democrats, including Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver, addressed to ... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers among those expressing “extreme concern” over Trump team probe of federal lab employees
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Twenty-seven members of Congress, all Democrats, sent a letter to president-elect Donald Trump on Monday expressing concern over the presidential transition team’s effort to collect personal information from employees of federal laboratories. The signatories, which include Democratic U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette, cited a Washington Post story published earlier this monththat said the transition team had asked for “a list of the top 20 salaried employees of the labs, the labs’ peer-... Read more

  • Perlmutter Works to Protect Employees and Work of NREL and Other National Laboratories
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Lakewood, Colo. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to send a letter to President-elect Trump expressing concerns over reports the Trump transition team has asked for personal information of employees at Department of Energy National Laboratories (DOE labs). The 27 members represent and/or sit on committees with jurisdiction over the 17 DOE National Laboratories. “The 7th Congressional District is home to the National Renewable Energy L... Read more

  • Could a Major Marijuana Hurdle Finally Be Removed in 2017?
    Posted in In the News on December 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The marijuana industry could be described as the fastest growing industry within the United States. Though there are numerous industries that have 20%-30% compound annual growth potential throughout the remainder of the decade, few can claim to have what's expected to be nearly 24% annual compounded growth potential over the next 10 years, according to investment firm Cowen & Co. By 2026, we could be talking about $50 billion in legal pot sales in the U.S. A major shift in the public's opinion h... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Gardner, Bennet Measure Paves Way for Commerce City Development
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, DC – The United States Senate today approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which included a provision introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) - the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Amendment. The NDAA will now head to President Obama’s desk for signature. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Amendment allows for an environmental assessment to evaluate the removal of deed restrictions, which currently prohib... Read more

  • Congressional bill should pave way for more development near former Rocky Mountain Arsenal
    Posted in In the News on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Land owned by Commerce City that was formerly part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal may soon be able to shed government-mandated restrictions on its development, opening up opportunities for new retail and housing in a city eager to jettison its long standing industry-heavy image. The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision allowing for an environmental assessment to evaluate the removal of the deed restrictions on land purchased by the ci... Read more

  • Bill opens a door for Commerce City to redevelop part of the old Rocky Mountain Arsenal
    Posted in Articles on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Rocky Mountain Arsenal was used by the U.S. Army for decades to manufacture chemical weapons. Like Rocky Flats, which was a former nuclear facility, large portions of the site are now a wildlife refuge. Outside the boundaries of the refuge are roughly 1,000 acres that Commerce City would like to develop for housing, shops and offices. That project hasn’t moved forward because covenants on the land prohibit the construction of transportation infrastructure, housing and retail. However, a provisio... Read more

  • As Obama Readies To Leave Office, Coloradans In Congress Have Wish Lists
    Posted in In the News on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Immigration

    Many in Congress are urging President Obama to act in a number of areas before he leaves office. That includes Colorado’s congressional delegation, some of whom want the president to take executive action on one his major immigration programs. Colorado’s House Democrats – Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter – want Obama to protect the private data of undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, which protects immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. The idea is to shiel... Read more

  • Could Election Day Be the Tipping Point for Federal Marijuana Policy?
    Posted in In the News on November 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Campaign Finance Reform, Jobs & the Economy

    On Election Day, nine states will vote on ballot proposals permitting the recreational or medical use of marijuana, setting up what could be the biggest advance yet toward pot legalization and deepening tensions between state and federal drug laws. Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will consider legalizing recreational use of marijuana. In Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota, voters will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. In Montana, voters will ... Read more

  • The Big Winner on November 8 Could Be... Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on November 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    With pot on the ballot in nine states, the big winner in next Tuesday's election could be America's legal cannabis industry. By 2020, legal market sales are expected to surpass $22 billion. And for states struggling with budget shortfalls, that extra revenue would be clearly welcome. Voters in five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and... Read more

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