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Congressional Western Caucus members unveiled a raft of bipartisan bills aimed at reforming the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a legislative hearing Thursday, aimed at updating what one Congressman called an “8-track law in a Spotify world.” Pushing back on the “historically and currently problematic or dysfunctional components” of ESA, …

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There’s no need to fight for energy abroad when there is abundant energy right here in the United States, and western states, too long ignored by the federal government, are key to producing the energy that drives our economy, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. “As a father and former [Navy SEALs] commander, I don’t want your children to see what I’ve seen, quite frankly,” Zinke said. “There’s a reason to fight but energy is not one of them when we have it here.”


A proposed ordinance in a Denver suburb calling for a temporary moratorium under emergency circumstances goes before the Erie Board of Trustees tonight in Erie, Colo., with one of the trustees expressing concern over the last-minute addition to the council’s agenda he says was faster than usual and could be nothing more than “political theater.” “At the end of the day it’s not going to do much. And I do wonder if this is some type of political theater because the reality is, I’ve been a trustee since 2013 and I’ve realized that again, I just know our limits,” Trustee Dan Woog told Western Wire. “We updated our code, I believe in 2015, I don’t know if there’s talk about doing that again, and frankly that’s something I’m going to ask again tonight.”

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A University of Colorado Boulder professor is calling for a reset of “business-as-usual climate policy” that is “not working,” according to a new paper. Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado Center for Science & Technology Policy Research, called the status quo assumptions and policy framework of the past thirty years a “failure.”


More than half of the state of Colorado would be off-limits to new oil and gas development, including 85.4 percent—or 36.3 million acres of the state’s non-federal lands, according to a new assessment by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The new calculations by the state’s regulatory body examine the effects a 2,500-foot setback—part of this fall’s ballot initiative #97—would have if voters approve the measure in November.


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Former Interior Secretary and Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton said the national campaign for climate litigation would likely follow in the footsteps of previous tobacco litigation, with states revising their laws and lowering the standards for finding harm, in comments delivered at an energy forum last week in Denver. Last week at a forum hosted by the Western Caucus Foundation, Norton called the recent climate litigation hypocritical, saying the contingency-fee led lawsuits are a “recipe” for even more legal action.

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The former head of the Department of the Interior called current climate litigation a “new breed,” differing from environmental lawsuits in the past at a Friday forum on energy in Denver. “Today I’m focusing on a new breed of environmental litigation, one that is as different from [prior] litigation as a lion is from a house cat,” said former Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

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