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Colorado officials have a plan to reduce more than 70,000 tons of pollutants annually from the skies by 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preliminarily approved the plan Friday.
U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is among the legislative antagonists singled out in a new report (pdf) detailing the first session of what it calls “the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress.”
While critics on the right have accused the Obama administration of moving too slowly on the still-unproven potential of oil shale on Colorado’s Western Slope, observers on the left say the White House has been pushing too fast on an agenda promoting Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal and tar sands oil production in Canada.
Colorado’s coal industry is on fire lately, going after natural gas producers with gusto in the wake of last year’s controversial Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, which requires Xcel Energy to convert several coal-fired power plants on Colorado’s Front Range over to natural gas or alternative fuel sources such as wind and solar.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in his first State of the State speech today managed to strike the right balance between being the pro-business, anti-regulatory jobs creator and a protector of the environment who will continue former Gov. Bill Ritter’s “New Energy Economy.” So say analysts from both sides of the political spectrum.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will likely decide this morning on the fate of the Denver-area Cherokee 4 coal-fired power plant unit –...