Boulder Considering ‘Potential Costs And Risk’ Of Climate Change Lawsuit

by Michael Sandoval February 15, 2018

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The City of Boulder is considering “potential costs and risk” associated with launching a lawsuit against oil and gas companies, according to documents obtained through a Colorado Open Records Act request. Boulder’s Mayor, Suzanne Jones, asked the City Attorney’s Office for advice on a possible climate change lawsuit against unnamed energy producers.

Dept. of Interior Touts Benefits of Energy Production on Federal Lands in Video Series

by ELENA CONNOLLY February 14, 2018

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) has taken significant steps in the past year to ease regulations of energy production on federal lands, and now the department is turning to social media to promote the benefits. Recently, DOI along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unveiled a series of …

Facing Recall, New Questions Emerge For Lachelt Ahead Of COGCC Hearing

by Michael Sandoval February 12, 2018

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La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt will speak before the state’s oil and gas regulators tomorrow as new questions arise about the embattled official’s advocacy efforts on behalf of conservation groups and local decision making. The commissioner faces a recall in her home county that is now in the signature-gathering phase.

Steyer-Backed Environmental Group Doubling Down On State Races In The West

by Elena Connolly February 9, 2018

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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), backed by California-based billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer, is once again setting their sights on the West for the upcoming midterm election cycle. While the environmentalist group has spent big in the past, a new memo released by LCV’s Senior Vice President for Campaigns, Pete Maysmith, announced the group will spend a record $20 million in state races in 2018, which is double the group’s highest previous campaign expenditure. Steyer is a major funder of LCV. 

Patagonia Launches ‘Dating Site’ Matching Activists to Direct Action Campaigns

by STAFF February 9, 2018

One of the world’s largest outdoor sportswear companies hopes to sync global environmental activism with local grassroots organizations through a new activist platform. In a recent launch video for Patagonia Action Works, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc., says he’s created “kind of a dating site” that the company hopes “facilitates human connection.”

Hansen Praises Convicted Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Saboteur As ‘Hero’

by Michael Sandoval February 8, 2018

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A Seattle activist who attempted to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline and was sentenced to at least one year in prison this week was hailed as a “hero” for his 2016 attack. Dr. James Hansen, former director of the U.S. NASA Goddard Space Institute and climate change activist, said after the sentencing that, “Michael Foster isn’t a criminal; he’s a hero.”