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Colorado could stuff its CO2 deep in the ground to slow climate change

Colorado has snuffed the carbon-spewing smokestacks of some of its most noxious coal-fired plants. It’s tasked the oil and gas companies with plugging methane leaks in pipelines and capping carbon-weeping abandoned wells. And the state wants belching, gas-fueled V8s to turn themselves in for EVs with no tailpipe. Now, in another potentially crucial push to […]

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How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price tag on it.

The East Troublesome fire, Colorado’s second largest ever, was sweeping across Grand County forests on Oct. 25, 2020, part of a record-breaking wildfire season that forced evacuations, destroyed homes and took lives. Half a world away, heavy rains were flooding the Bagerhat District in Bangladesh, in one of the worst monsoon seasons on record. And […]

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As climate fight shifts to oil, Joe Biden faces a formidable foe in the West

By Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press CASPER — President Joe Biden’s bid to tackle climate change is running straight through the heart of the U.S. oil and gas industry — a much bigger, more influential foe than Democrats faced when they took on the coal industry during the Obama years. Coal dominated […]

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An environmental group claims 70% of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions come from oil and gas. But that’s in dispute.

  In what is becoming a running skirmish between environmental groups and the Polis administration over how to curb the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, a new analysis calculates that 70% of all the gases come from oil and gas operations and calls for the shutdown of the sector by 2030. The figures used in the […]

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Xcel Energy moves up closure dates for coal-fired power plant near Steamboat Springs

The coal-fired Hayden Generating Station will close ahead of schedule, marking the latest in a steady stream of Colorado coal plant closures, Xcel Energy announced Monday. The plant’s 44-year-old Unit 2 will close by the end 2027, and Unit 1, which came online in 1965, will be shuttered by the end of 2028. The two […]

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Order to close three Colorado coal-fired power plants early reversed, regulators cite “incomplete” information

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, at the urging of utility companies, did a regulatory two-step on Wednesday, rescinding the order for early closure of three coal-fired power plants that it issued last month. The November decision, made as part of the state’s plan to reduce regional haze at national parks, was based on incomplete […]

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Tri-State increases the amount of greenhouse gases it will cut in Colorado by adding wind and solar generation

Colorado’s second biggest electricity provider – Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association – upped its goal for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to an 80% cut by 2030 – putting itself in line with other utilities in the state. Tri-State’s original 70% target for cutting carbon dioxide emissions had lagged other Colorado utilities, such as Xcel […]