Gov. Polis claims Colorado has already achieved a 40% GHG reduction ahead of milestones

And thus that analysis provided by third-party entities on Colorado’s lack of progress and need to phase out coal by 2025 or stop expanding fossil fuel production are irrelevant… Polis did say the roadmap calls on the Public Utilities Commission, for example, to make the target 80% reduction in electric power emissions by 2030 a “floor” rather than the ceiling, and Polis …

People of Colorado v. the State

The state relies on the Suncor polluters to tell it what’s happening. In so doing, it holds fast to the neoliberal playbook of putting corporate interests and profits before people’s health and wellbeing. Suncor has a state permit to emit 800,000 tons of pollutants a year. That is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from 174,000 cars on the streets …

10th Circuit: EPA must revisit Colo. smog plan

A federal appeals court has ordered EPA to go back to the drawing board on its smog plan for Colorado. The Denver skyline is pictured. Visit Denver Pamela King, E&E News reporter, Jan 6, 2021 EPA must go back to work on its approval of a plan to address smog and acid rain in Colorado after a ruling yesterday from …

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem: Gas-powered heating, cooking rivals greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transportation

By Chase Woodruff -July 24, 2020, Colorado News Online https://coloradonewsline.com/2020/07/24/colorados-buildings-are-a-6-billion-square-foot-climate-change-problem/ Oct 2020 – Saul Griffith’s Paper: Fighting CC and saving money by electrifying America’s households: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e540e7fb9d1816038da0314/t/5f9290062226271c5b66b7d0/1603440672253/Households+Technical_White_Paper.pdf Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — …

People living within 10 miles of an oil refinery had a much higher risk of multiple cancer types than those living between 20-30 miles from a refinery

Top stories – December 2020 In a new study published in the December issue of the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a robust statistical analysis showed people living within 10 miles of an oil refinery had a much higher risk of multiple cancer types than those living between 20-30 miles from a refinery. Twin Tesla stories dominated readership in …

December highlights on cost of renewables, transition away from gas

Renewables are cheaper.  PV costs are $1.99/watt installed with no subsidies.  Zach Shahan (9/20): the average cost of a rooftop solar power system in the United States is $2.19/watt whereas Tesla is now offering rooftop solar power for $1.49/watt across the country. (Both prices are the price of an installed solar power system after taking into account the US federal tax credit for solar, which is 26% …

Methane is more dangerous than carbon dioxide — the gas index can help

Gas-burning stoves and ovens create indoor air pollution, with nitrogen dioxide — a toxic gas — rising to dangerous levels, three times what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved for outdoor air. And as Rocky Mountain Institute researchers documented, indoor air pollution from gas stoves is particularly detrimental to children, leading to learning deficits, increased risk of asthma, aggravated respiratory systems, increased susceptibility …

Harmful amounts of methane are leaking from aging underground gas pipes, 3-4 leads per mile found

Phillips obtained his own methane detector — a state-of-the-art model called a cavity ringdown spectrometer — and put it in a car. “We just measure while we drive,” he says. “It’s a very fast-acting piece of equipment. https://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142504812/bostons-leaky-gas-lines-may-be-tough-on-the-trees By PATRICK SKAHILL• NOV 19, 2020 NPR.org A new study of natural gas infrastructure in Connecticut says harmful amounts of methane are leaking from …

Air pollution may be responsible for 15 percent of COVID-19 deaths globally

Denverite, by Lindsay Fendt, December 2020, Air pollution could make COVID-19 worse. That’s put Elyria-Swansea on edge. Residents of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea have long lived with lead in their soil and pollution in their air. Now they have a larger share of COVID-19 cases too. It wasn’t long after Yadira Sanchez moved to the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood 16 years ago that …