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The Outdoor Industry Association will launch its Outdoor Retailer Snow Show this week in Denver, continuing to build a movement to change carbon emissions and public lands policies. Kicking off the event Wednesday morning is a breakfast featuring Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser that focuses on how the outdoor industry and elected officials can collaborate on climate change.

Prospects of the “Green New Deal” passing Congress comes down to voter intensity and the level of new regulations imposed, according to leading environmental reporters at a forum organized by the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and hosted at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “The real question is voter intensity on this issue,” said Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post. “While there has been a broad consensus among Americans for years that there is support, for example, for some kind of action to curb greenhouse gases, it has always ranked as an extremely low priority among voters and it’s been rarely discussed by politicians.”

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The company hoping to break ground on a project that would send western natural gas throughout the world through a terminal in Oregon says the project is gaining support. The Jordan Cove project is an LNG export facility that would send natural gas from western Colorado’s Piceance Basin to a terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, for international export.

Members of the Democratic Majority on the House Natural Resources Committee held a forum Thursday to investigate the Trump administration’s “blatant favoritism” of the oil and gas sector over other priorities during the government shutdown. On their Facebook page, Natural Resource Democrats touted the forum, writing, “even though the government has been shut down for over a month, [Department of] Interior has still found a way to continue approving oil and gas permits, plan for oil and gas lease sales and hold oil and gas public meetings.”

A pair of studies released in the past week shows the deep connection between oil and gas revenues on state budgets and economies in North Dakota and New Mexico, states with large natural resources in the west. The study from the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and the Western Dakota Energy Association (WDEA) released Wednesday outlined nearly $18 billion in extraction and gross production taxes for the state from the oil and gas industry over the past decade, constituting approximately 44 percent of total tax revenues to the state over that time, and over 50 percent for the past five years.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced this week that she would be adding her state to the U.S. Climate Alliance. During her State of the State address at the opening of the New Mexico legislature, Lujan-Grisham said that joining the alliance would be in addition to executive action to match the goals of the Paris Agreement, as well as a model for developing a “comprehensive climate plan” for her state moving forward.

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Gov. Jared Polis’ vision for Colorado’s energy future has drawn mixed reviews from key voices across the state, as legislators, county, and business officials assess the ramifications of shifting from an “all-of-the-above” strategy to 100 percent renewables over the next two decades The loss of jobs and talent, the uncertainty of retraining efforts, and the possibility of large population shifts in rural and urban communities as workers relocate were the top concerns according to those who spoke to Western Wire.