Colorado ballot measures

You might have heard about Initiative #271, led by Fair Tax Colorado and supported by Together Colorado. Initiative #271 will create a fair tax code that lowers tax rates for 95% of Coloradans and raises taxes on the wealthiest 5%. This is one of our priority issues and will help solve the budget cuts that are coming.  I’m emailing today to ask …

Decarbonizing Colorado

Updated from Allen Best’s initial article on June 23, 2020 Closing most of the coal plants in Colorado during the next decade will be the easy part.  Transportation—already the No. 1 source of greenhouse emissions in the state—will be a much tougher challenge.  But even that won’t be enough to allow Colorado to hit its targeted reductions in greenhouse gas …

New rules double the minimum length a well must be cased to 10% of its depth and also increases the amount of cement used, and require pressure testing annually

Jun 11, 2020 by Mark Jaffe, Colorado Sun, Every oil and gas well in Colorado must be pressure tested annually under new rules passed by regulators Colorado regulators Wednesday adopted new rules to guard the integrity of oil and gas wells and protect groundwater resources — rules industry and environmental groups both called the most comprehensive in the country. The …

Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace by Nichola Groom, Reuters, 16 June 2020 SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short …

Xcel and the PUC in Colorado

https://puc.colorado.gov/puccalendar. Also ben.fowke@xcelenergy.com, alice.k.jackson@xcelenergy.com and boardofdirectors@xcelenergy.com Interconnection & Transmission Planning (Colorado PUC docket 20M-0080E) Two main points: Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) should, and in fact must, be considered as alternatives to the proposed utility transmission projects, and their preferred alternative must be justified on a “best-cost” (best-value) basis, per Rules 3627(c)(VI) and 3627(b)(I). A 10-year transmission plan must be presented that …

Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020

Colorado releases new electric vehicle plan 29 April 2020 and Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020 The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), a non-regulatory department within the Governor’s Office focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles, has released the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020. Colorado released its first electric vehicle plan two years ago, establishing a …

Encourage a deep structural transition to an economy that better values the work we know is essential to sustaining us: The Road to Economic Recovery should not be across women’s backs

April 2020 The road to economic recovery should not be across women’s backs. COVID-19, and the measures being implemented to contain it, are deeply affecting our social and economic relationships here in Hawaiʻi and beyond. This new landscape is forcing us to reconsider many aspects of our lives and economy, including our economic future. The COVID- 19 response and recovery …

May-June 2020 at Colorado’s AQCC, implementation of HB 1261

by Allen Best Colorado now has rules guiding collection of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s viewed as an elemental step for designing strategies for sharply ratcheting down greenhouse gas emissions during the next decade and beyond. But whether Colorado is moving fast enough to honor the intent of legislative mandates from 2019 and the underlying climate change reality that spurred those …

The heat waves that powered the Dust Bowl are now more than twice as likely to happen again MICHAEL D’ESTRIES May 27, 2020 A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935. (Photo: NOAA George E. Marsh Album [public domain]/Wikimedia Commons) They were called “black blizzards” and “black rollers,” towering billows of dust rising thousands of feet high that became ominous symbols of …