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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

Rolling coal. (AP)
Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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Colorado federal agencies brace for historic Trump budget cuts

President Donald Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump’s “America First” budget blueprint, which proposes to boost military spending while historically slashing scientific research paid for through agency budgets, is meant in part to send a signal of “hard power” dedication to military might, according to administration officials, but it may cost many research and field jobs around the country and at […]

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Al Gore, disaster responders weigh impact of climate crisis: ‘We’ve never seen this before’

Former Vice President Al Gore welcomes participants to The Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps training program on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. (Photo courtesy The Climate Reality Project)
Although he might be better groomed and more sharply dressed, close your eyes and former Vice President Al Gore sounds for all the world like an Old Testament prophet, ringing the alarm over impending floods, fires and pestilence. Only instead of wielding stone tablets and a staff, Gore conveys his warnings with handouts and a […]

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Rescinding BLM gas waste reduction rule before Senate

Opponents and backers of an Obama administration rule to rein in flaring on public lands are using competing opinion polls as the U.S. Senate is expected to consider a measure to rescind the rule. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is still considering his stance on the issue while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is opposed to the move. (Photo Courtesy NOAA.gov)
One of Colorado’s U.S. Senators is strongly opposed to a measure that would roll back an Obama administration rule to prevent the flaring and wasting of methane and natural gas developed on public and tribal lands, while the second is undecided. The rule was among several environmental regulations issued in the last days of the […]

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Colorado U.S. Sen. Gardner’s phone lines not going to get any less clogged

This Oct. 7, 2014 file photo shows Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner making point during his senatorial debate. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Frustrated Coloradans have been complaining since Inauguration Day that Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner won’t answer their calls or return email messages. They have called to complain about President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations and executive orders. They’re worried about environmental and civil rights proposals. They want to know where Gardner stands and why he stands […]

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Trump EPA freeze so far leaves Colorado officials guessing

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Leaked Trump administration orders to freeze outside spending and employee public communication at the Environmental Protection Agency has left state officials, agency contract workers, and members of environmental groups to speculate on the administration’s full plans for the EPA and what effect those plans might have on the ground in Colorado, where some $200 million […]

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Colorado Dems, enviros wary of Trump cabinet picks

In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont., as he campaigns for re-election. Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
Despite a growing list of climate change doubters and fossil fuel industry supporters and executives comprising the list of Trump administration cabinet nominees, Democratic Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are hopeful the state’s clean energy economy and outdoor recreation industry can continue to thrive. Mostly, though, there’s a growing sense of dread from the conservation community […]

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Trump’s choice to lead EPA likely to clash with Colorado’s progressive leadership

In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, EPA Administrator-designate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is creating concerns about sharp conflicts with Colorado’s environmentalists and advocates of legalized marijuana. Pruitt’s career has been marked by lawsuits against the EPA for what he described as clean air and water regulations that impose on states’ […]

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Trump’s election poses challenge for Colorado environment policy

In this May 5, 2016 photo, Coal miners wave signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Charleston, W.Va. Trump's election could signal the end of many of President Barack Obama's signature environmental initiatives. Trump has said he loathes regulation and wants to use more coal and expand offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing. His tenure in the White House could also have a direct impact on the future of Colorado's Clean Power Plan. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
“A Trump presidency could well be devastating to Colorado’s lands, waters and the environment,” said Pete Maysmith, executive director of the Denver-based environmental group Conservation Colorado. “Someone who has called climate science a hoax and wants to put an oil executive in charge of our public lands does not inspire confidence in ensuring our country […]

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The best and worst political TV ads of 2016

Compelling political television advertisements can play an important role in introducing candidates to the public, expressing their policy positions and effectively persuading voters to fill in that candidate’s circle on the ballot come Election Day. As in all modern presidential elections, Colorado television sets were flooded with political ads in the 2016 election cycle. Some […]

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