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Opinion: Oil and gas companies have been paying the same federal royalty rate since 1920. It’s time that changed.

Routt County, like so many communities across the West, owes a significant part of its prosperity to oil and gas development, much of which takes place on our public lands.  The industry has a right to use those public lands, just as other industries like outdoor recreation and agriculture are entitled to a piece of […]

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Opinion: Colorado poised to become advanced energy leader with Congress’ help

Advanced energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of Colorado’s economy, and energy legislation before Congress could position Colorado as a national and global leader. Solar and wind companies support a combined 15,000 jobs in Colorado, represent billions of dollars of investments and provide tens of millions of dollars in state and local taxes. […]

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Democratic presidential candidates step on shaky political ground with fracking bans

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking — and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so. An all-out prohibition on the controversial natural gas extraction process — backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — has been well received by the […]

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Opinion: It’s time to invest in the future. President Trump: Support Energy Innovation and Technology

Innovative thinkers, engineers and scientists from across the country recently convened in Denver at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit to discuss solutions to America’s energy and environmental challenges and how to move the latest technologies from the lab to the commercial marketplace.  If the administration’s budget is enacted, however, it could be the last such […]

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Appeals court dismisses Colorado lawsuit affecting free speech rights filed by energy firm against activist

A state appeals court has dismissed a libel suit filed by a Texas energy firm against a Colorado environmental activist, finding that the lawsuit sought to stifle the activist’s freedom of speech. The ruling in favor of Delta County activist Pete Kolbenschlag came in a case that helped lead to the enactment of a new […]

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

Before lawmakers left the state Capitol earlier this month, they issued homework for the interim. And if the assignments are any indication, the next legislative term is expected to be another doozy. The Democratic-led General Assembly is preparing to study eight major policy topics — ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons […]

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Gov. Polis signs Democrats’ sweeping oil and gas bill into law, marking major shift in regulatory authority over drilling

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping oil and gas regulation bill that faced stiff opposition from Republicans and the industry as it made its way through the Colorado legislature. “Today, with the signing of this bill, it is our hope that the oil and gas wars that have enveloped our state […]