Coal burning not the right path to secure Pueblo’s future

The disposition of the 750+ MW Unit 3 coal plant in Pueblo and associated cost-recovery and community and worker transition issues are VERY LARGE agenda items for Colorado in 2021 and beyond…. It is critical that we both stop burning coal AND help the Pueblo community through the transition! Xcel made the mistake of building this plant (and having a very …

Colorado’s worst air: North Denver, Commerce City

Seth Klamann seth.klamann@gazette.com Aug 26, 202 Residents in North Denver and Commerce City had the highest levels of fine particle pollution of anywhere in Denver or any city in Colorado during the past three months, data collected by the state shows. The exposure risked the health of some residents. The state Department of Public Health and Environment dispatched its mobile …

We already have a tool that can clean the air, reduce traffic, and expand job opportunity: the bus. It’s not complicated: More buses, running more frequently.

Molly McKinley, Denver Streets Partnership, Aug 4, 2021, Colorado Sun Last year was one for the record books, as evidenced by historic wildfires burning throughout the state as late as October. The harsh consequences of our car-oriented transportation system become more evident each day as communities both locally and across the country face devastating wildfires, flooding, unprecedented heat, and more …

Methane is responsible for about 25% of the climate change we’re experiencing today. IEA has clarified: no new wells! For existing ones, we need an enforcement system that responds to community concerns with definitive, timely action to reduce harmful emissions.

It’s time to recommit to controlling methane emissions to combat climate change: We need urgent action to curb oil and gas pollutants that threaten our health, especially for those living closest to development. Dan Grossman, Colorado Sun, May 15, 2021. latest IEA report (confirms we need zero new fossil fuel investments to reach net zero by 2050), “It’s Time to …

Some of the worst ozone pollution in the U.S. settles along the Front Range

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the chemical dangerous to human health. But it will take leaning on automobiles and oil and gas producers to really move the needle. Mark Jaffe, Jun 7, 2021, Colorado Sun When it comes to oxygen, the Front Range sometimes has too much of a good thing. On many sunny, summer days the region …

Community task force report calls for the prohibition of the “use of riot gear, weapons and militarized approaches or responses during peaceful protests or demonstrations” along with over 100 other recommendations

Westword, 5/25/21 On May 21, a community-led task force established in the wake of the Denver Police Department‘s heavy-handed response to the George Floyd protests issued a series of recommendations that could transform the City of Denver’s approach to public safety. “Our goal is to create a community-based public-safety model that protects and heals the community from centuries of violence and …

5 Whistleblowers: CDPHE air pollution supervisors unlawfully told pollution modelers to ignore federal law in drawing up industry permits and also demanded the use of bad data to get permits to fit under EPA emission limits

Denver Post and Colorado Sun articles, April and May 2021 Colorado far from meeting emissions-reduction goals, report says, Denver Post, May 14, 2021. Polis rejects sector-by-sector emissions caps, while a new report from Energy Innovation and the Rocky Mountain Institute shows the state is way off track for meeting 2030 and 2050 goals set by 2019 legislation.   Colorado Department of …

Colorado’s Affordable Housing Emergency

May 25, 2021, Colorado’s Affordable Housing Emergency https://coloradosun.com/2021/05/25/colorado-affordable-housing-crisis-frisco-crested-butte/ “This is a bigger problem than just affordability. We do have enough homes to put people in,” Snow said. “We wanted a diverse economy with these wealthier, work-from-anywhere residents. Well now we have one. And now we can’t support it.” The lack of attainable housing has reached crisis levels in Colorado’s high …

Denver neighborhoods ask: Is CDPHE continuing to withhold critical data around industrial pollution and permitting?

June 2021 – Unite North Metro Denver asks: Is withholding critical data a pattern at CDPHE? Unite North Metro Denver forwarded the following…https://www.westword.com/news/hard-to-swallow-5054300 from 1994. “It was in late August 1984 that residents in the southwest Denver subdivisions of Friendly Hills and Harriman Park called a news conference to demand an explanation from public officials about an unusual number of …