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"The companies will use these rules to make improvements that they'll tout in years to come."
Like any good -- or bad -- Secretary of the Interior, Colorado’s Ken Salazar will leave Washington in a few weeks with a long list of both friends and enemies. Thing is though, they’re pretty much the same friends and enemies he had when he got there.
Mitt Romney campaigned in Pueblo, Colorado, on Monday, telling about 3,000 supporters that, as president, he'd create jobs in the state by developing U.S. energy resources. Yet, even before he touched down at the city airport where the event was held, Romney was under fire by wind-power advocates for leading opposition to the federal tax credit extension tied to the loss announced last week of roughly 100 jobs at a Pueblo wind tower factory.
DENVER — The coal industry is resorting to online classifieds to bolster its ranks. “We hear stories of people paying folks $50 through Craigslist to come and wear shirts supporting 'Coal for America,'” Lisa Jackson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrator and surprise guest at the “Rebel With A Cause” gala, told a ballroom of activists on Thursday night.
Colorado's conservation community deemed the 2012 state legislative session a success this week after it saw a half dozen bills it supported pass and 15 efforts to undermine the environment thwarted.
Colorado conservation groups are questioning the makeup of a special state committee set up by Gov. John Hickenlooper to explore hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics – an ominous sign in light of environmental concerns that in part led to Colorado voter rejection of the 1976 Olympics.
Colorado Fourth-District Republican US Rep Cory Gardner is filling his campaign coffers for 2012 as he did in 2010 by leaning heavily on oil-and-gas industry donors. He raked in $370,000 in the quarter that just ended. That's the most of any candidate for federal office from Colorado and topped his take in previous quarters by roughly $100,000. One of every ten dollars Gardner brought in last quarter came from oil and gas, and this quarter the percentage is higher, coming in at roughly 12 percent. That notable campaign finance record paired with the high-profile pro-drilling and environmental-regulation-rollback positions he has taken mark out the freshman congressman as an aspiring top-level advocate for oil and gas on the Hill.
When it comes to constructing roads to manage national forests, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton doesn't think the Colorado Roadless Rule goes far enough.
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