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Colorado has 200,000 tons of orphan greenhouse gases that no one claims, environmental groups say 

Just because none are stepping up as the owner doesn’t mean coal-fired power plants aren’t polluting. The climate change-causing gases need to be cut no matter what name is attached.

Environment

A project looking to move water from Utah to Colorado’s Front Range gets new funding, partner

Water Horse Resources CEO Aaron Million is still eyeing a Green River pipeline, which critics dismiss as a “silly idea”

Water

Here’s where Colorado wants to capture and bury 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

Carbon America will gather 350,000 tons of carbon a year from Yuma and Sterling ethanol makers and store it deep underground in climate change fight.

Environment

Glenwood Springs granted right to build whitewater parks after 9 years in water court

Approvals for in-river recreational water diversions have slowed to a trickle as conservationists call to reform the whole process

Outdoors

Colorado rejects Xcel Energy’s attempt to extend the life of Pueblo’s coal plant by 12 more years

Comanche 3, which has been shut down by equipment failures since Jan. 28, is schedule to permanently close in 2034 

Business

Colorado needs to cut greenhouse gas pollution from industry. They’ve put it off until 2023.

State officials say their rulemaking plan will make deeper cuts across more factories. Environmental advocates say it’s delay and betrayal all over again.

Environment

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

Tired of mowing your lawn?  Colorado could pay you $2 a square foot to rip it out. 

Turf buyout programs could start to solve some of the water shortages during long-term drought. A bill would expand grass buyouts statewide and double local payments.

Environment

First-in-the-U.S. rules that give oil and gas industry leeway in slashing emissions OK’d in Colorado

Not everyone is happy about the latitude the state Air Quality Control Commission gave operators, but the goal is to cut methane, “not vilify the oil and gas industry.”

Business

Colorado wants to keep investors from flipping water rights. Let the speculation begin.

Legislators want to tackle water speculation after two companies buying up water rights in Grand Valley and the San Luis Valley sparked fears

Environment

Colorado agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But first they exempted the biggest polluters.

Industrial facilities have to cut CO2 by 20%, but if they make steel or cement, it’s only 5%. Here’s why.

Environment

Closing a coal-fired power plant in Pueblo to meet Colorado climate goals is easier said than done

The fate of Xcel Energy’s Comanche 3 plant is tangled at the crossroads of emissions and economics

Business

WHO says air pollution caps should be much tougher in Colorado, U.S.

Influential world health monitor issues strict guidelines calling for steep cuts to ozone and particulate PM2.5 emissions in Front Range counties that saw sharp spikes in both this past summer.

Environment

Feds slash state water draws from Colorado River as drought intensifies

First-ever shortage declaration on key western river means big losses for Arizona and Nevada. Colorado’s own time for cuts and living with less is coming soon, experts warn.

Water

Xcel Energy needs a smarter, greener electric grid. But should Colorado customers foot the $344 million bill for it?

If the Public Utilities Commission OK's Xcel’s largest ever rate increase, electric bills for Colorado customers will have increased 20% since the start of the year

Business

Industries could dump more pollution into Colorado rivers under proposed rule change that goes against recommendations

Clean water advocates say a state commission is preparing to double down on a bad decision last year that failed to protect Clear Creek and the South Platte, and that a broader ruling may endanger more pristine streams.

Environment

The “building electrification” movement is coming for your Colorado home. Here’s what you need to know before giving up gas.

Fighting greenhouse gases means switching out fuel-burning furnaces, water heaters and stoves for models running on clean electricity. Coloradans will have to adapt.

Energy

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

Closing all of Xcel’s coal-fired power plants will cost Colorado consumers $1.4 billion

Shuttering plants to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions goals carries a hefty price tag, including costs of bonds to finance the wind down

Energy

Colorado Democrats want to accelerate the governor’s emissions reduction roadmap. Polis says he’s not on board.

Climate goals and deadlines to reach them would be set in state law under Senate Bill 200. Some of the work would be funded by charging polluters a fee for each ton of carbon dioxide they release.

Environment
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