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Four Colorado Democrats running for their party’s nomination in the June 26 primary declined to endorse the climate lawsuit brought against Exxon and Suncor by three Colorado communities in a debate Saturday hosted by Colorado Politics and the Colorado Springs Gazette. None of the four—U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, and former state senator Mike Johnston—endorsed the litigation filed in April by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County charging that the “companies pay their fair share of the costs associated with climate change impacts.”

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As a record number of Americans hit the streets this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, gasoline prices will be sitting at multi-year highs thanks to an increase in global demand and economic growth, falling fuel inventories, and uncertainty in countries like Venezuela and Iran. The travel group AAA estimates more than 41.5 million Americans will travel over Memorial Day weekend, the most in more than 12 years and a 5 percent increase over last year. The vast majority of those trips—36.6 million—will be by automobile.

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Two members of Montana’s Congressional delegation have criticized a recent poll saying the state opposes the removal of some of the Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) being outlined in legislation that would expand public use and access. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines took aim at the survey from the University of Montana’s “Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative” that claims public opinion in the Treasure State is opposed to the reduction of WSA areas.

The Montana affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters, a group backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, is all-in for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in the Treasure State. A Western Wire review of campaign finance records at OpenSecrets.org uncovers Tester’s biggest contributor so far in the 2018 election cycle, …

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a Senate Appropriations Committee that legislation to develop a public lands infrastructure fund from revenues from oil and gas development on federal lands was a “top priority” for the agency during a hearing on Thursday. “The President has been very clear about his priorities and is …

Calls For RFS Reform As Ethanol Battle Continues

by Michael Sandoval May 9, 2018

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The Renewable Fuel Standard had its day at the White House, with President Trump hearing from ethanol supporters on policies to ease the expanded use of the fuels, and opponents calling for reform and even an end to mandate they say hurts consumers and does little to help the environment. Trump met with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the White House earlier today to discuss the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates favored by ethanol supporters in states like Iowa but opposed by agricultural associations, manufacturers, recreational advocates, and taxpayer coalitions.

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The Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is “demanding” more of his department’s employees as they tackle streamlining environmental analyses and reorganizing the department’s management areas, according to Christian Reece of Colorado’s Club 20. Reece, Executive Director of Club 20, gave Western Wire exclusive insight into the invitation-only, no-media event hosted by her organization in conjunction with the Interior Department last week in Grand Junction, Colo.


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