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By Cathy Bussewitz

The Associated Press

NEW YORK Â» Good-paying jobs — many of them.

That’s the seductive idea around which President Joe Biden is proposing a vast transformation of the energy sector, with the promise of making it far more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. As Biden portrays it, his plan to invest in infrastructure — and accelerate a shift to renewable energy ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 7, 2021, 2:59 pm
sandhill crane migration
Posted: April 7, 2021, 2:54 pm

By Chris O’Meara and Adriana Gomez Licon The Associated Press

PALMETTO, FLA. Â» Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews were working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in the Tampa Bay area while evacuating the area to avoid a “catastrophic flood.â€�

Manatee County officials say the latest models show that a breach at the old phosphate plant reservoir has the potent...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 6, 2021, 8:35 pm

 

 

By Thomas Covert and Ryan Kellogg

Guest Commentary

The U.S. federal government owns vast acreage of resource- rich public lands; $25 billion of oil and gas was produced from federal lands in 2019 alone. But thanks to decades of stagnant policies, these resources are being all but given away to oil and gas companies, to the detriment of taxpayers and the environment. The current pause on new...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 6, 2021, 8:29 pm

 

By Ian Silverii

Columnist for The Denver Post

Colorado is a national leader in renewable energy and fighting human-caused climate change.

In 2004, clean energy advocates and environmentalists took Amendment 37 to the ballot, establishing a 10% renewable energy standard, and won.

The amendment mandated that by 2015, 10% of Colorado’s energy needed to come from renewable sources. Former Gov.

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Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 6, 2021, 3:56 pm

By Allen Best

Writers on the Range

Pushback against a “meatless day� proclaimed by Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,� said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation.

Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in� proclamations.

Governors from the adjoining states of Wyoming and Nebraska even gleefully...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 6, 2021, 3:45 pm

 

What’s good for the ocean may also be good for business

By Tatiana Schlossberg

© The New York Times Co.

Marty Odlin, who grew up and lives on the Maine coast, remembers what the ocean used to be like. But now, he said, “It’s like a desert and just within my lifetime.� In the last few years, he said, he has seen lots of sea grass and many other species virtually disappear from the sho...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 6, 2021, 3:34 pm

By Matthew Brown

The Associated Press

BILLINGS, MONT. Â» Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome predators.

The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday released its first a...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 5, 2021, 4:18 pm

By Matthew Daly The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Â» President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan to transform America’s infrastructure includes $16 billion to plug old oil and gas wells and clean up abandoned mines, a longtime priority for Western and rural lawmakers from both parties.

Hundreds of thousands of “orphanedâ€� oil and gas wells and abandoned coal and hardrock mines pose serious sa...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 5, 2021, 4:09 pm

 

 

Lawmakers deal with competing legislation

By Alex Burness

The Denver Post

Colorado lawmakers have a decision to make: Ban single-use plastic bags and foam takeout containers from many restaurants and retailers, or keep the plastics as an option but have food service packaging distributors pay fees to boost state recycling efforts by $75 million in five years. Or do both at the same time.

Th...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: April 5, 2021, 3:39 pm