Colorado Governor Jared Polis Moves to Dismiss Himself from Climate Accountability, Turns Back on Duty to Protect Climate, Achieve Environmental Justice in Colorado

This post includes multiple articles and statements on the topic September 10, 2020, by Jeremy Nichols, (303) 437-7663 Denver– Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis moved (asked) a court to rule that he has no duty to protect the climate, arguing he is not legally required to achieve legislated greenhouse gas reduction goals in the state. “With this court filing, Governor …

Oil and gas groups block briefing for officials on health impacts of drilling: Commission agrees to postpone presentation ahead of key health and safety rulemaking

By Chase Woodruff -August 19, 2020 Colorado’s five new oil and gas commissioners were set to hear a presentation from state officials on the health impacts of drilling this week — but oil and gas interest groups objected, and the commission agreed to cancel the briefing. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chair Jeff Robbins noted the decision at the beginning of …

Access to internet is a critical divide

Colorado Sun, Aug 2020 excerpt Colorado Department of Education in late March and early April found about 53,000 students across the state didn’t have access to a device and about 66,000 didn’t have reliable internet at home, Rebecca Holmes, CEI’s president and CEO, said during Wednesday’s media briefing. Black, Latino and low-income families were most significantly affected by the shortage …

Study finds renewable energy has created 6,300 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern rural Colorado, which has 55% of the state’s solar arrays

By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com Colorado Springs Gazette, Jul 28, 2020 Updated Aug 6, 2020 The renewable energy industry has created 6,334 jobs and generates $388.6 million a year in economic activity in eastern Colorado, according to a study released Tuesday by three Colorado advocacy groups. The study from The Western Way, a Denver-based conservative environmental group, was conducted by Littleton-based Development Research Partners. It found $9.4 billion …

Colorado’s new redistricting process

An image of a congressional district map crafted as part of the 2011 redistricting process. (Screenshot) A look at how the new redistricting commissions are selected and how they will draw new congressional and legislative maps in Colorado August 17, 2020 By a landslide, Colorado voters decided in 2018 to overhaul the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. The goal: finally putting …

Nearly all of Colorado is under some drought status – 20 years into megadrought in the West

Also see: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/04/16/climate-driven-megadrought-emerging-western-u-s/ – April 20th, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com Colorado currently is one of the drier parts of the country, and although conditions have improved in recent weeks, the long-term outlook for the state is relatively grim.  Much of Colorado continues to suffer through extreme drought, and nearly all of the state is experiencing drought, according to the …

Report on July 16, 2020 AQCC meeting

The state’s Air Quality Control Commission doesn’t expect new rules to be in place for another year, Colorado Sun, July 17, 2020 Mark Jaffe@bymarkjaffe A plan to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions will be a device of many moving parts and after a review by an Air Quality Control Commission subcommittee Thursday it looks like those parts are moving slowly, …

RTD joins transit systems’ request for billions more in aid from Congress

Passengers board an RTD light-rail train at the Littleton/Mineral station on Jan. 19, 2020.WAYNE BROUSSARD | Posted Thursday, July 16, 2020 7:38 amMichael KarlikColorado Politics The Regional Transportation District was among the more than two dozen public transit agencies that sent a letter to the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate leaders asking for $32 billion to $36 billion in additional coronavirus relief money …

Now’s the time for Colorado to act boldly and cut air pollution JUL 6, 2020 Holly Morton Chione We are in unique times. The state legislature recently wrapped up a history-making session after taking a break for the COVID-19 shutdown. Though it was interrupted and marked by difficult budget cuts, we did see a couple of significant wins for cleaning …