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The National Environmental Policy Act has been “weaponized” through decades of expansive mission creep and the imposition of costly litigation that has delayed and deterred resource and infrastructure development throughout the United States, according to a hearing today in the House Natural Resources Committee. The nearly half-century old environmental law could be streamlined, environmental reviews applied consistently, and unnecessary review documentation reduced, according to supporters and critics of the NEPA process at the hearing.

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More details have emerged about how a libertarian-leaning think tank joined an environmental non-profit to offer their legal services to a climate lawsuit spearheaded by Boulder, Colo. Pointing to property rights claims instead of climate policy concerns, the lead counsel for the Niskanen Center, David Bookbinder, chief legal counsel for the think tank and co-counsel for the Boulder lawsuit says the organization initially got involved thanks to a connection with EarthRights International.

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A libertarian group providing legal support in the climate lawsuit filed by three Colorado communities against energy producers received a major donation in February from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), a wealthy foundation at the heart of the activist campaigns against the industry. The RBF’s online grant database shows a …

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Denver’s ozone levels have improved and even a slightly higher particle pollution level since last year remains well below national standards, according to the American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of the Air” report released Tuesday. Nine cities across the West and Southwest had fewer high ozone days, according to the report, “including five that experienced their fewest days since the report began: Modesto-Merced, CA; Las Vegas; Denver; El Centro, CA; and Dallas-Fort Worth.” The remaining four also improved their ozone levels over last year’s report, including Phoenix, Houston, and Fort Collins, Colo.

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Three Colorado local governments have filed a lawsuit against two oil and gas producers, demanding “companies pay their fair share of the costs associated with climate change impacts.” The City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County announced the lawsuit Tuesday at the Boulder County Courthouse against ExxonMobil and Suncor “for their reckless actions and damages.”

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The City of Boulder is expected to join a climate change lawsuit targeting “fossil fuel producers,” and will likely announce the litigation tomorrow at a rally at the Boulder County Courthouse. Boulder County and San Miguel County will join the City of Boulder at the “Rally for Climate Accountability” on Tuesday at 12 p.m. on the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn.

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Parcels proposed for an oil and gas lease sale in Colorado are not located on National Park Service land, according to a spokesman with the Colorado branch of the Bureau of Land Management. Public criticism of the acreage located due east of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve have called the potential September 2018 lease sale offerings an “attack” on the park itself.


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