Climate Impacts: Colorado and Beyond

Extreme Weather and Climate EventsStudy: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this century, Oregon Public Broadcasting, February 15, 2021. According to an Oregon State University study, 100-year floods will increase by 60 percent during the next 50 to 100 years in major river basins due to less precipitation falling as snow during the winter and accelerated spring runoff. Hail! …

Why Elijah McClain should never have been stopped, never have been grabbed by a cop — 10 seconds after the encounter began — in which McClain seemed to do nothing more than walk away from cops who had no reason to suspect he had committed or was going to commit a crime. Why he should never have been frisked. Why he should never have been put in a carotid choke hold.

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA. Elijah-McClain The newly released 157-page report into the death of Elijah McClain begins with …

Colorado Commissioners reject cap and trade to meet statutory GHG reductions

Before voting to reject the idea, the AQCC commissioners questioned whether they had the authority to create such a complex and potentially costly program from scratch, without new laws and accompanying funding passed by the state legislature. there is not the time or the staff or the money to try it while facing two years of extensive rulemaking for other …

Denver area refinery chronically violating clean air laws, threatening people, communities, and justice: Suit filed to ensure action on Suncor oil refinery air pollution permits

Suncor’s refinery is a massive source of toxic air pollution and harmful greenhouse gases located in Commerce City in Adams County. It also disproportionately impacts low income households and Latino communities primarily in the 80216 zip code, which is frequently reported as the most polluted zip code in the United States. By law, the Air Pollution Control Division must deny air permits …

Transportation Electrification Plan Urgency and Equity—Comments on Proceeding No. 20A-0204E By Dan Regelson

TEP Urgency and Equity—Comments on Proceeding No. 20A-0204EBy Dan Regelson of EnergyShouldBe.orgXcel’s Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP) is a necessary step towards achievingColorado’s target of 940,000 EVs on the road by 2030. However, Xcel must do more to switchcustomers from their existing fossil fuel vehicles. Building chargers and reducing perceivedbarriers to EV adoption is necessary but not sufficient. SB 19-077 requires …

54% of Westerners see climate change as a “very serious” problem

The consensus to invest more in conservation is up to 92% of voters now, from 84% in 2011, and is nearly equal across the Western states. Those feelings also cross the partisan spectrum, Metz said, with 98% of Democrats wanting more protection and 87% of Republicans, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  Neighborhoods with …

Avoid False Solutions! Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using CCS with Fossil Fuels

Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using Carbon Capture with Fossil Fuels, by Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, Nov 21, 2019. + New research from Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson questions the climate and health benefits of carbon capture technology against simply switching to renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Carbon capture technology is premised on two possible approaches …

Colorado lawmakers plan to advance climate action

Colorado lawmakers plan a major push on climate change to strengthen Polis’ roadmap: Environmentalists say the governor’s plan isn’t strong enough; Polis wants any new bills to be business-friendly By ALEX BURNESS | aburness@denverpost.com | The Denver Post January 25, 2021 There’s growing frustration among impatient environmentalists with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ climate leadership, saying the Democrat — who campaigned in 2018 on a …

Utility greenwashing: Xcel Energy received a score of 41 out of 100 and a grade of C. The data notes Xcel intends to retire 65% of its coal capacity by 2030

Sierra Club says the companies it looked at account for 68% of the United States’ remaining coal generation — yet those utilities have plans to retire only a quarter of that capacity by 2030 By Robert Walton@TeamWetDog on Utility Dive, Jan. 26, 2021 Despite setting goals to decarbonize their resource mix, many utility pledges amount to little more than “meaningless …