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Opinion: At a moment like this, America should be expanding oil production, not cutting back

With market forces and geopolitical turmoil leading to soaring energy prices, it has become abundantly clear that America needs more energy and the ability to produce it domestically. Unfortunately, the policies of the current administration have left us in an untenable situation. The cost of natural gas and oil have increased 100% and 60% respectively […]

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Opinion: Independence from oil will bring “energy independence” from Russia

Ten years before Russia invaded Ukraine, Clifford Krauss, writing in the New York Times, assured readers “US Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence.”  More recently, in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, America’s oil and gas industry, never one to let an international humanitarian crisis go unexploited, saw the chance to refresh its recurring initiative […]

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Opinion: Colorado oil and gas could help America break free of Russian energy

It was a little more than a month ago when Russia, a longtime oil titan, invaded Ukraine. Today, gas prices are soaring as an international tragedy unfolds.  What is happening to the people of Ukraine is horrific. The humanitarian catastrophe they face is the world’s first concern. For a moment, however, I want to focus […]

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Unaweep Canyon is central to Xcel Energy’s big plans for renewable energy production in Colorado

Xcel Energy has a low-tech plan for creating clean power in one of Colorado’s geologic wonders.   As Colorado’s largest utility, with 1.5 million electricity customers, pushes toward its goal of delivering 100% carbon-free power by 2050, the company is seeking federal approval for the state’s largest hydropower project on the Western Slope in Unaweep Canyon […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News

Biden administration moves to expand solar power on public land in Colorado

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels. The U.S. Bureau […]

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$100M lawsuit over smelly Weld County fertilizer plant can go ahead after high court declines to hear appeal

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a $100 million lawsuit against the state’s health department to move forward in a case involving an odoriferous biogas plant in Weld County after the high court declined to hear the state’s appeal. Last year, a split panel of judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed a […]

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A rare new coal mine in southern Colorado adds to Trinidad’s economic revival

The first new coal mine in Colorado in almost a decade fired up operations this month, marking a rare upturn in the steadily declining coal industry. There were about 1,700 coal mines in Colorado a century ago. Today there are seven, and all but one is preparing for a world without coal-powered electrical plants. Southern […]

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Colorado sues Bureau of Land Management over Western Slope management plan from William Perry Pendley

Gov. Jared Polis didn’t like the Bureau of Land Management’s long-range management plan for the Uncompahgre Plateau, saying the expansion of oil drilling in the region did not jibe with state laws and regulations protecting water, air, wildlife and recreation.  And because the agency did not resolve those issues in its Resource Management Plan, Polis […]

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Opinion: Clean energy development can help our economy back onto its feet

COVID-19 has knocked Colorado’s thriving economy off track. The path to getting our economy back on a strong footing won’t be easy, but clean energy development has been a boon for our state, and the industry will be vital in spurring economic growth.    In the near-term, Congress will undoubtedly return focus to economic stimulus legislation. Any […]