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 the state’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, which Xcel would slow down. At 73% fossil fueled electricity generation now, Xcel 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 …

Observations on the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released its draft “Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030” on July 5th.  That report provides actual statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data through 2015, and projected GHG emissions for 2020 and 2030. Some observations: Statewide GHG emissions in 2015 were 1% HIGHER than they were in …

Federal court revives long-fought lawsuit in Colorado challenging TABOR

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said the local governments do have a right to sue. The court didn’t rule on the merits of the lawsuit. July 22, 2019 A federal court has revived a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s limits on taxes and spending. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said a lower court erred when it ruled that …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

Babies born near oil and gas wells have congenital heart defects

By Julie Conley, Commondreams, July 24, 2019 | EDUCATE! Researchers At The University Of Colorado Studied Pregnant Women Who Are Among The 17 Million Americans Living Within A Mile From An Active Oil Or Gas Well “Looking at where mothers lived immediately before pregnancy and during the first critical weeks after conception and what was going on at nearby fracking wells, researchers found startling …