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Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Suppose it’s 1975, and you love your ’70 Plymouth Superbird and its fire-breathing 440 6-pack. It’s cool, it’s paid for, it’s sleek and it’s fast. Gas is cheap … but wait a minute! The damn government bureaucrats at something called the EPA are changing the rules — some nonsense about smog and lead pollution. You… Continue Reading City faces tough options, and consequences, for Drake

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Emissions take fires’ impact to a higher level

In government-speak, the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires were “unplanned biomass burning events.” As such, they fall into a statistical and scientific abyss. Scientists and regulators know that wildfires release enormous quantities of pollutants, but they have yet to develop tools enabling them to accurately measure the quantity or nature of pollutants from individual… Continue Reading Emissions take fires’ impact to a higher level

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  A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.   The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities, such as factories and power plants, as well as automobile tailpipes.   A three-judge… Continue Reading Federal court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

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Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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I don’t understand why the federal government keeps trying to stick its nose in our business here in Colorado. It seems like every few months or so, Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency keeps trying to take over regulation of our oil and gas industry. The state already does a bang up job but still,… Continue Reading Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

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A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision to allow the sale of gasoline containing higher blends of corn-based ethanol, the… Continue Reading Oil refineries sue EPA over ethanol plan

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants Xcel Energy to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants and give priority to replacing them with cleaner gas-powered plants. The bill is set to get its first hearing Tuesday. It’s aimed at preventing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from cracking down on emissions on the Front Range. By August,… Continue Reading Power plant bill gets first hearing at Capitol

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