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Lawmakers Vote to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

KEYSTONEThe Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline would be paid for by the private sector, create thousands of jobs in the United States, and increase domestic energy security. It has been more than six years since the pipeline Continue reading

EPA Delays Finalizing Climate Control Rules

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying climate regulations for power plants to “better consider input on them and better align the major pieces of the regulations.” The agency is now planning to finalize rules for newly built plants, existing plants, and modified plants all at once. That should come this summer. The EPA Continue reading

Gardner Cosponsoring 40-Hour Work Week Bill

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to restore the 40 hour work week, increase wages for Colorado workers, and create jobs. Garnder says he is making it a priority to undo some of the harmful effects of Obamacare. He says the law “has led to reductions in workers’ hours and large penalties for businesses trying Continue reading

Unemployment Rate Drops in Colorado

Unemployment2State officials say Colorado gained 14,600 jobs in September and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said yesterday most of the gains came from the private sector. The Continue reading

Fossil Fuel Rally to be Held in Utah

coalThe South East Utah Energy Producers Association will hold a Coal and Fossil Fuel Rally in Price, Utah next month. The event will include free food, entertainment, contests and addresses from keynote speakers. The rally is in response to new EPA rules regulating carbon emissions. The group is trying to bring attention to the Continue reading

Gardner Bashes Udall’s Energy Votes in Radio Address

gardnerRepublican Representative Cory Gardner is getting a little lift from his party. Gardner was selected to give Saturday’s weekly Republican party radio address. Gardner is challenging Democratic Senator Mark Udall in November. In his national radio speech, Gardner criticized the Obama administration and Senate Democrats for not approving the Keystone pipeline to Continue reading

State Unemployment Rate Drops

Unemployment2Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 5,500 over the month from June to July, to 2,452,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,000 and government decreased 500. Colorado has had 33 consecutive months of payroll job gains. According to the survey Continue reading

Coal Supplies 64% of Colorado’s Electricity

coalThe Energy Information Administration says 19 states got more than half their electricity from coal-fired power plants in 2013. Colorado, which generated 64% of its electricity from coal, was one of them.  The industry also provides coal miners in the Centennial State with Continue reading

Group Asks Udall to Clarify Comment

AFPAmericans for Prosperity – Colorado is asking Senator Mark Udall to clarify his remarks that the EPA’s new carbon regulations are a “good start.” Noting the undisputed cost of the regulations to jobs and the economy and Continue reading

President Plans to Announce New EPA Rule Himself

obamaPresident Obama plans to announce new coal regulations himself.  That’s according to Administration Officials, who say the president wants to announce the rules himself in a show of how committed he is to his climate change agenda.  Opponents say it’s clear the goal is to cripple the coal industry.  The Environmental Protection Continue reading

Tax Extenders Bill Blocked in Procedural Vote

US_CapitolThere are enough Senators in Washington that have concerns about the tax extenders bill to block the measure.  A procedural vote was used yesterday to block the bill, which includes a two-year extension of the Continue reading

Hickenlooper Signs Bills

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor Hickenlooper has signed a couple more bills into law.  The first bill extends the ReHire program for an additional three years. Last year, Colorado lawmakers set aside $3.6 million to establish ReHire Colorado, a transitional jobs program that connects Coloradans who are ready to work with local employers by providing job training, wage assistance, and support services. The program targets veterans and low-income, low-skill Colorado workers who are unemployed or underemployed, helping them get off of public assistance and back into the workforce. The new law takes effect on August 6th.  The second bill expands the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools loan program. The program provides school districts with loans for wind, solar, or other energy efficiency projects. The projects help ensure that schools are efficient and conducive to learning. The law takes effect immediately.  Pictured: John Hickenlooper