University of Colorado

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.

Western Wire

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.


Top Western leaders and key Congressional members will be meeting in Denver on Friday to discuss energy policy and the economic impacts of the oil and natural gas industry on the local and federal level, Western Wire has learned. The Western Energy Forum, hosted by the Western Caucus Foundation, will …

Weaponizing Of NEPA Turns Analysis Into Heckler’s Veto

by Michael Sandoval with Elena Connolly June 22, 2018


A recent decision by a district court judge in New Mexico rejecting a Bureau of Land Management finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for oil and gas leases has raised concerns from leading environmental law experts in the West. Senior U.S. District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo’s ruling cancelled leases on approximately 20,000 acres in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, remanding the decision to the BLM “for further analysis and action.”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Manufacturers from across the country today sent a joint letter urging for changes in how the Environmental Protection Agency uses cost-benefit analysis to implement regulations. The letter, penned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and cosigned by more than 100 trade groups, was addressed to Office of Information and …