Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), a wide-ranging bill that, among other things, aims to cut 40% of U.S. CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.
The Senate’s weekend passage of a $369 billion package of spending to fight climate change is drawing cheers from environmental advocates and calls for the bill’s swift adoption in the House of Representatives.
Earlier this month, a coalition of environmental advocacy groups asked Colorado’s air quality regulatory agencies to deny a proposed air pollution permit submitted by Suncor Energy for its petroleum refinery located in Commerce City, north of Denver. The groups argued that the permit does not adequately ensure a decrease in pollution from the embattled refinery.
Last week the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $200,000 to San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition to develop a program that converts food waste into fuel.
Over the past three years Colorado has strengthened its regulations on oil and gas companies operating in the state, prompting claims from oil and gas industry executives that these environmental policies are strangling their ability to drill.
Earlier this week the average cost for a gallon of gas surpassed $5 for the first time in the U.S. and statements from oil and gas industry spokespeople and Republican politicians blamed environmental regulations for the spike in prices.
Over a quarter-million Coloradans, including 74,000 children are threatened by their proximity to oil and gas production, according to a national analysis of oil and gas operations
Last week a coalition of 33 environmental groups in Colorado wrote a letter asking the state to include analyses of already existing ozone, air pollution, and climate change impacts when evaluating the effects of pollution from oil and gas operations.
This Earth Day, with much of Colorado under critical wildfire watch due to high winds and high heat, a coalition of 60 environmental groups marched just over a mile through Downtown Denver today to demand climate action from elected officials.