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The Energy and Natural Resources Committee is raising new questions about the relationship between non-profit environmental groups and foreign entities in influencing U.S. policy. This week, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) sent a letter to Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen requesting additional documentation …

What began as the effort of Weld County mayors to oppose a 2,500-foot setback ballot measure has mushroomed into a statewide coalition of more than 40 mayors, including top officials from all ten of the state’s largest municipalities, to defeat a proposition they call “morally wrong” and “too extreme” for their communities. Spearheading that effort—Mayors Against Proposition 112 or MAP112—Johnstown Mayor Scott K James said, was a matter of principle and critical to protecting his community.

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Legal and regulatory experts agreed on several tactics for curbing excessive environmental litigation and the costly delays associated with the weaponized use of the courts at a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing yesterday. “I think the biggest issue is the impact of litigation on getting federal practices and projects done,” Ryan …

Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox challenged U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s position on a proposed Colorado ballot measure at a one-man stage play in the Congressman’s own backyard Tuesday. Fox was in Boulder, Colo. to perform his new solo spoken documentary “The Truth Has Changed” at the eTown Hall venue before a crowd of about one hundred attendees. Fox was also stumping in Colorado for Proposition 112, a 2,500-foot setback measure backed by Colorado Rising, a supporting co-host for the show. The group was recruiting volunteers and asking for donations from attendees to support the ballot measure.

As green groups gear up to spend record setting amounts during the 2018 campaign season, new research is shedding light on the billions of dollars being distributed by 10 national organizations to fund non-profit environmental initiatives, including more than $100 million spent in the West over the past decade. This …

Steyer Doubles Down On Democrats In Colorado

by Michael Sandoval September 20, 2018
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A Western Wire review of campaign finance records shows that California billionaire and prominent Democratic activist and donor Tom Steyer has upped his support for candidates up and down the ticket in the Centennial state. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Transparency in Contribution and Expenditure Reporting (TRACER) system shows that …

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XTO Energy Inc. will donate 5,000 acre-feet of water to the State of Colorado to assist with extreme drought conditions in the western part of the state, according to a company statement. The company, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, announced its plans to transfer the water from Ruedi Reservoir in Pitkin county “for use downstream of the reservoir, including for irrigation and fish habitat purposes.” XTO is coordinating the operation with Colorado’s Division Engineer’s office, the company said.


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