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Zornio: Colorado’s e-bike rebates could help many of us reduce our carbon footprint, with a smile

As a long-time bike commuter, I’ve easily pedaled thousands of miles over the years. But as much as I love to ride, I’ve always felt a small pang of guilt for falling short in not using my bicycle for all my daily transportation needs. Hopefully, Colorado is about to reduce my carbon footprint with its […]

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Here’s where Colorado wants to capture and bury 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

A pioneering carbon capture company wants to take the climate change fight to northeastern Colorado by gathering 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from ethanol fermentation at plants in Yuma and Sterling and injecting it into underground wells.  Carbon America announced the project Thursday with Sterling Ethanol and Yuma Ethanol, in apparently the first […]

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Opinion: The West’s sickly, bloated forests are full of carbon, ready to burn

Colorado is famous for the year-round outdoor adventures people travel from across the globe to participate in. Hot summer days though, are quickly becoming synonymous with poor air quality and impaired visibility. A big reason for that is our forests. Stressed by severe drought conditions, forests across the West — degraded and bloated with ready-to-burn […]

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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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Xcel Energy floats “Power Pathway” plan to bring wind, solar power to cities from rural Colorado

Xcel Energy on Tuesday filed a plan with state electricity regulators for a $1.7 billion project to build 560 miles of transmission lines encircling eastern Colorado designed to bring wind and solar electricity to Front Range population centers from rural areas. The project – Power Pathway – would be done in collaboration with at least […]

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Wind power cut Xcel Energy’s carbon emissions last year. But is the utility moving fast enough to meet goals?

Xcel Energy cut its carbon emissions by 5% in 2020 compared with 2019, in large part due to the addition of new wind generation, according to the company, Colorado’s largest electricity provider. Carbon emissions declined a record 12% in Xcel’s companywide service area, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and New […]