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Xcel decision fortifies calls for 100 percent renewables

With major utilities like Xcel now retiring coal plants because of costs, calls for 100 percent renewables in Breckenridge and Durango seem more attainable. Continue reading

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Dark side of the moon and climate change

Science had predicted all this with precision. None of us gathered along the barbed wire fences in Nebraska had doubted it. But why so little faith in climate science? Continue reading

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The fracture lines over Colorado’s coal plant retirement bill

A bill that would cushion closed coal plants encounters fractures in the Colorado Legislature, both along party lines but also among environmentalists. Continue reading

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Why the Clean Air Act didn’t clean up the air

In 1970, Congress grandfathered existing coal-fired power plants from requirements of the Clean Power Plan. Some of them have been poisoning our skies ever since.
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Carbondale carbon tax

If residents approve in April, the former coal-mining town of Carbondale, Colo., will become one of the first U.S. municipalities to adopt a carbon tax. Continue reading

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Colorado’s legislative green agenda

Colorado legislators have a limited appetite for an ambitious green agenda this session, but expect bills about drilling and the Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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Ski town newspaper scoffs at Clean Power Plan

Steamboat Springs is an island in a sea of coal mining in northwest Colorado, and it is singing the coal industry tune when it comes to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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Rural Nebraska, Keystone, and the Paris climate talks

How conservative grassroots Nebraska towns combined with big-green groups to block the Keystone XL pipeline, giving the U.S. street credibility at the Paris climate talks. Continue reading

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A small Colorado pivot in our great national energy transition

Should electrical co-operative providers be allowed to produce more than 5 percent of their electrical from local and mostly renewable sources? A Colorado case has implications for our great national energy transition. Continue reading

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White House beach-front property

Immutable laws of physics govern our warming climate, but as humans we have free will, says climate scientist Jim White, a self-described evangelical Christian. The climate crisis can be solved, he says, but that’s just a training exercise for the much greater challenge facing civilization.
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