10th Circuit: EPA must revisit Colo. smog plan

A federal appeals court has ordered EPA to go back to the drawing board on its smog plan for Colorado. The Denver skyline is pictured. Visit Denver Pamela King, E&E News reporter, Jan 6, 2021 EPA must go back to work on its approval of a plan to address smog and acid rain in Colorado after a ruling yesterday from …

Zombie mines idle cleanup while workers suffer in limbo

https://publicintegrity.org/environment/while-zombie-mines-idle-cleanup-and-workers-suffer-in-limbo/, excerpt 2020 U.S. coal production has fallen by a third in the past decade, and temporary cessation has emerged as an escape route for cash-strapped owners. One in five non-abandoned coal mines now sits idle. Hoops’ companies have idled coal operations more often and for longer than nearly anyone, and the Blackjewel and Revelation bankruptcy proceedings offer a master …

CU Boulder RASEI Decarbonization Report December 2020

Jeffrey Logan, associate director for policy and analysis at RASEI and co-author of the report, each sector contains policy options that offer practical building blocks for federal, state and local government decision-makers.  https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/12/16/report-outlines-solutions-curbing-us-carbon-emissions Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  …

Transitioning away from coal means more jobs in Colorado and beyond

Excerpt, Nov 30 2020, Colorado Sun, Susan Atkinson https://coloradosun.com/2020/11/30/fossil-fuels-clean-energy-opinion/ Coal-industry employment has been shrinking for years, mainly because of mechanization, not regulation. In 1980, producing 100 tons of coal per hour required 52 miners; by 2015 that number dropped to 16. Even though more coal was being mined, coal mining lost 58% of its jobs between 1980 and 2015.  In 2018, there …

Renewable energy plus batteries are cost competitive now for 70-80% of the total generation mix, and more in states like CO

By Emma Penrod, December 1, 2020, Utility Dive  mix of renewable energy and gas generation remains the most cost-effective option in most regions of the U.S, but a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF) suggests solar-plus-storage could soon be the more financially attractive option. Solar-plus-storage has already begun to compete with open cycle gas turbines, and in some areas such as California combined-cycle gas …

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem: Gas-powered heating, cooking rivals greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transportation

By Chase Woodruff -July 24, 2020, Colorado News Online https://coloradonewsline.com/2020/07/24/colorados-buildings-are-a-6-billion-square-foot-climate-change-problem/ Oct 2020 – Saul Griffith’s Paper: Fighting CC and saving money by electrifying America’s households: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e540e7fb9d1816038da0314/t/5f9290062226271c5b66b7d0/1603440672253/Households+Technical_White_Paper.pdf Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — …

Colorado and California temperature and wildfire extremes

Colorado has warmed 2 degrees F on average in the last 30 years. Colorado’s recent average summer temperatures are even higher than the extreme heat of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Peak runoff has been coming 1 to 4 weeks earlier. Warming temperatures and drier soils increase the likelihood of larger wildfires. Colorado broke its average-temperature record for August, when the …

Colorado poverty

Charlie Brennan Special to The Colorado Sun, Dec 2020 With more Coloradans facing economic hardship amid the second wave of COVID-19, the disparities along racial and geographic lines have become painfully more apparent. Economic data gathered during the pandemic shows that job losses have been greatest among Coloradans with low wages – particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Jobs …

Can Cap and Trade Actually Address Environmental Justice?

Denny Khamphanthong, community organizer for Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in front of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in California. Photo by Federica Armstrong/YES! Magazine. Since California’s program launched in 2013, questions have swirled about whether cap and trade has helped or hurt people living in the shadow of the state’s largest emitters. Why you can trust us BY JULIA ROSEN – California, Nov 20, …