Posted inBusiness, Environment, News

Denver and Boulder have big goals to fight climate change. But there is an obstacle: cannabis

Stretching the day for tiny marijuana plants at a Lafayette greenhouse long after night falls makes for a hefty electric bill. Even with big investments in a computer system to control heat, light and humidity, and in more-efficient light bulbs and fans, RiNo Supply Co. general manager Brian Matthews says 85 percent of the energy costs […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Politics and Government

Cory Gardner’s science award led some to cry foul over climate change. Here’s why that’s notable for 2020.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner says he believes climate change is real and that humans are contributing to it. “I’ve said it before — I said it in 2014 — there’s no doubt pollution contributes to climate change,” the Colorado Republican told The Colorado Sun last week. “Climate change is real. I’ve been on the record […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, News, Water

Drought has revealed for the first time a Colorado town flooded to build a reservoir. And scientists expect to see it again.

CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — It can feel a bit eerie standing on the bottom of Colorado’s largest body of water. Particularly if you are Bob Robbins. Robbins grew up here, although all that’s left of his hometown of Iola, a town west of Gunnison inundated by the waters of Blue Mesa Reservoir in the […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Michael Bennet: Congress needs bipartisan strategy as Trump doubles down against climate science

Since 1901, Western Colorado has experienced some of the greatest temperature increases in America. By the end of the century, average temperatures across our state could increase another 8 degrees Fahrenheit, with catastrophic effects for our communities, health and economy. These are not warnings of a political fringe. They are the findings of the National […]

Posted inColoradans, Culture, Environment, Outdoors

A Crested Butte adventurer is skiing to the South Pole like ice is an endangered species

They are not related but they might as well be. Crested Butte adventurer Eric Larsen has the same restless, unsettled mien of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the fabled explorer of the Antarctic. It’s like they share the same genes, Larsen and Shackleton. The frigid adventure beckons. And they leap. “We have mapped and charted the face […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, News, Politics and Government

The final governor’s race debate set the stakes for the election. Here’s three things we learned.

If elected, Democrat candidate for governor Jared Polis promised to address climate change in his first year — but he made clear his agenda is contingent on one factor. “If we Democrats win the legislature, I think we have a good chance of getting our agenda … done,” the five-term Boulder congressman declared in the […]

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Walker Stapleton suggests Jared Polis is a socialist ahead of Bernie Sanders’ visit. Here’s how Polis and Sanders compare on the issues.

Bernie Sanders will campaign in Colorado this week for Jared Polis, a political union that is amplifying Republican critics who suggest the Democratic candidate’s policies are too extreme. Polis, a five-term Boulder congressman, agrees with the Vermont senator on major issues, such as the need for a government-run health care system, and he struggled in […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Energy, Environment, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado native studying the economics of climate change shares Nobel Prize

By Jim Heintz and David Keyton, The Associated Press Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday, one for studying the economics of climate change and the other for showing how to help foster the innovation needed to solve such a problem. William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York […]