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Colorado’s governor encourages people to switch to electric vehicles. So why isn’t he driven around in one?

Gov. Jared Polis has asked the Department of Public Safety to transport him in an EV. The agency has rebuffed that request.

Politics and Government

Carman: Prying the leaf blowers from Coloradans’ cold, dead hands

Senate Bill 138 would make selling gas-power lawn mowers and leaf blowers illegal in some parts of Colorado. They are a plague to our health and our hearing.

Opinion Columns

Colorado joins in effort to develop “hydrogen hub” to make clean-burning fuel for vehicles more available

Hydrogen has long been eyed as an abundant, clean fuel. And major auto manufacturers have been developing hydrogen-fueled vehicles. But as with electric vehicles, hydrogen's potential has been limited by infrastructure.

Environment

Gas-powered lawn equipment sales would be banned in parts of Colorado under Democrats’ latest climate bill

Senate Bill 138 would also do everything from set new greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals to force insurance companies operating in Colorado to conduct a climate assessment

Politics and Government

Colorado delays key clean truck rules until 2023. Environmental justice groups are furious.  

Air quality officials appeared to be on a timeline to adopt California’s truck cleanup this year as a linchpin of greenhouse gas and ozone reform, but state regulators say it can’t get done.

Environment

West Elk mine cannot leak methane, must flare the greenhouse gas, judge rules

Environmental coalition hails burning methane as a big improvement over leaking it into atmosphere at the North Fork area dig owned by Arch Resource

Environment

Xcel promises to speed closure of coal-fired Comanche 3 electric plant. Environmental groups are unsatisfied.

Comanche 3 is by far the biggest polluter in the state, but the agreement with regulators allows Xcel leeway to add natural gas powered generation -- which also has climate costs

Environment

A new rule to slash oil and gas emissions appeals to the industry, but Colorado activists worry it won’t work

The proposed "intensity target" rule aims to slash carbon emissions from the oil and gas industry by 60%. But the targets are based on data that doesn’t exist.

Environment

Opinion: To make agriculture more climate-friendly, carbon farming needs clear rules

We established a center at Colorado State University that develops and implements soil-based solutions to climate change.

Opinion Columns

Effort to force Colorado to cut greenhouse emissions faster exposes exasperation with Polis administration

“I am highly frustrated where we are now,” Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, said.

Environment

Joe Biden’s plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines and oil wells and support jobs to do it

Colorado Sen. Bennet also has introduced legislation to to clean up federal well and mine sites and strengthen bond requirements for drilling on public lands.

Energy

Sen. Winter, Rep. Jackson: It’s time for climate action and justice in Colorado. Our bills will help us get there.

While progress to reduce emissions has been made, voluntary commitments and incentives will not be enough to reach our climate goals and protect our Colorado way of life. We need enforceable climate action now.

Opinion Columns

As climate fight shifts to oil, Joe Biden faces a formidable foe in the West

New drilling permits spiked during Trump's final months in office. As a result, some companies with the biggest presence on public lands have announced that they are ready to weather changes under Biden.

Energy

First-in-the-nation rule to slash methane emissions from Colorado oil and gas operations relied on compromise

Industry and environmental groups worked out a way to reduce emissions from new wells and old ones that contribute to Colorado’s ozone problem.

Energy

Joe Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands, call for conservation plan championed by Michael Bennet

The ambitious plan is aimed at slowing human-caused global warming that is magnifying extreme weather events such as deadly wildfires in the West.

Environment

Colorado governor releases final plan to reduce emissions by 90%. It’s still too vague, environmentalists say.

The Air Quality Control Commission is responsible for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from millions of vehicles and industrial and office buildings

Environment

An environmental group claims 70% of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions come from oil and gas. But that’s in dispute.

350 Colorado’s worst-case scenario modeling suggests oil and gas should be gone from the state by 2030 to slow climate change.

Energy

Colorado is behind on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. How far should the state push industry to get there?

Critics say the governor's roadmap is guided by "wishful thinking" rather than binding mandates to cut emissions blamed for climate change.

Climate

Opinion: Colorado needs to get on track to meet greenhouse-gas targets

Opinion Columns

Tri-State increases the amount of greenhouse gases it will cut in Colorado by adding wind and solar generation

Colorado's second largest electricity provider is now on par with other utilities for carbon dioxide reduction, but it will need to stop buying coal-fired power from elsewhere to do it

Energy
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