Serious nonattainment in Denver

If you’ve ever gone hiking on the Front Range or driven from the mountains towards the plains, you’ve seen the brown haze that hangs over Denver, Golden, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland and everywhere in between.  This area is in violation of national air quality standards for ozone air pollution. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, the …

In Colorado, TABOR faces a reckoning with Prop. CC. Here’s what you should know about its impact on state spending

Sept. 4, 2019 Colorado Sun In 1992, Colorado voters decided state government should stop growing. But that didn’t stop them from demanding more public services and spending from their elected officials. That’s the tension at the heart of Proposition CC, this November’s ballot measure to eliminate the state’s revenue caps. It’s the single biggest test to the Taxpayer’s Bill of …

Exxon drops out of the S&P 500 top 10. Also, the decline of American coal is taking a toll on the railroad industry

Reproduced from Moody’s; Chart: Axios Visuals No matter what President Trump says, coal in America isn’t coming back — and it’s bringing other industries down with it. Driving the news: Coal demand for electricity is likely to drop by more than 50% in 11 years, according to a report by the rating agency Moody’s. In turn, revenue from transporting that coal around …

Labor Standards Are Key

Excerpt, Sept 2, How Companies Use Perks to Control Your Life, Colorado Sun, by Elizabeth C. Tippett is associate professor in the school of law at the University of Oregon Historically, company housing sat at the sweet spot of valuable and necessary. If you were operating a new mine in the early 20th century and there was no housing or transportation nearby, …

5280 Trail Would Create a 5-Mile Park and Trail Around Downtown Denver

By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog Aug 21, 2019  4 Yesterday city officials presented a vision for The 5280 Trail, a “linear park” that could one day form a five-mile loop around downtown Denver. It would transform streets into tree-lined places for plazas, playgrounds and public art — while creating a low-stress place for people to stroll and ride bikes to, from and …

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 “The high ozone levels we observed on days when oil and gas activity was a primary contributor underscore the importance of better quantifying the contribution from oil and gas operations,” Cheadle said. “That understanding could support strategies …

Health care is a human right, and we shouldn’t have to worry about whether we can breathe the air here in Colorado, day by day

Diana Bray@Diana4Colorado Special to The Colorado Sun See more Sometimes you just have to take a leap into the unknown when you see that the status quo is simply not working.  In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that when he signed Social Security into law. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson did the same with Medicare, which provides health …

Virtually all of Colorado’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, but Xcel at 73% fossil generation now, wants to add gas through 2023

The world’s top climate scientists warned last year that in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, governments around the world must cut these carbon emissions in half by 2030 (on average – arguably the US much faster) and achieve net zero emissions not long after that. Led by Governor Jared Polis and Democrats in the state legislature, Colorado …

Benefits from reducing ozone

Denver air quality: The Front Range misses ozone air quality … Oct 30, 2018 – The Front Range fails to meet federal standards for healthy air quality. … in the nine-county region to be sniffing 75 to 80 parts per billion of ozone pollution …. There are many reasons why emissions continue to rise even as the state … benefits will save between $2.9 billion to $5.9 billion a year by 2025. Oct …

Colorado ZEV mandate would make sure more EVs were available in state

Whether Colorado becomes a zero-emission vehicle state could be decided this week, as the state Air Quality Control Commission kicks off a three-day hearing on Tuesday.  If the commission decides to move forward, Colorado would become the 10th state to adopt California’s ZEV policy, which requires automakers to offer a certain number of electric vehicles in those states.  The policy aims to reduce …