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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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Opinion: Transitioning away from fossil fuels will mean more jobs, not fewer

Congratulations to John Hickenlooper for his recent election to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate.  As one of the many people in Colorado and the United States concerned with the increasingly visible effects of climate change, I welcome his expertise.  As a geologist, Hickenlooper understands the science and the urgency to transition to a 100% […]

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John Hickenlooper’s conflicting record and rhetoric on fracking a point of dispute in U.S. Senate race

A former geologist for an oil and gas company, John Hickenlooper emerged as one of the industry’s most vocal Democratic supporters in his two terms as Colorado governor. He drank fracking fluid from Halliburton to prove its safety. He opposed tougher regulations and threatened to sue local governments that banned fracking. And he lauded the […]

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Mountain athletes push progress over perfection in climate fight

Caroline Gleich remembers a decade ago when advocating for climate policy became an essential part of her career as a professional ski mountaineer. As she reported the impacts of climate change from far-flung corners she explored for her work, she was besieged.  “Told to shut up, called a glacier killer, a hypocritical ecoterrorist, a polluter. […]

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Agriculture is part of the climate change problem. Colorado wants farmers’ soil to be part of the solution.

When Daniel Fullmer founded Tierra Vida Farm in 2015, he had two main priorities for his two-acre plot nestled at the base of the rugged San Juan Mountains: soil health and profitability. “Within the current paradigm of input-based agriculture, where nationally we rely on a tremendous amount of fertilizers and pesticides, we use the soil […]

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Opinion: We need more elected officials who seek real climate solutions — not lawsuits

As the need to address climate change mounts, public officials are considering a wide range of responses. Most elected official are focusing on a dual track: stepping up efforts to develop cleaner-burning energy sources and creating incentives for manufacturers to innovate new green technologies so that all of us can use fuel more efficiently. This […]

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Opinion: Punishing car commuters isn’t the answer to Colorado congestion

Is the answer to more cars really less pavement? Can Denver really solve the congestion problem by making congestion even worse, through road rationing, parking restrictions or other tactics designed to make motorists miserable? Andy Bosselman’s provocative suggestion on Sept. 20 that no new roads be built AND existing ones not be expanded or improved […]

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Colorado to challenge Trump administration decision ending states’ waiver for stricter vehicle-emissions

Colorado will challenge the Trump administration’s expected move Wednesday revoking the ability of states to enact vehicle-emissions standards that are tougher than what is mandated by the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to rescind a waiver granted to California under the Obama administration that allowed the state to create its own emissions […]