A home went up in flames in April on Twilight Avenue north of Denver, killing two people. Now, the investigation into what happened is underway, clean-up is ongoing, lawsuits are being filed and people who live in that small community are worried- not only about their safety but about the value of their homes. The explosion was caused by a small pipeline leaking gas into the home, owned by oil and gas giant Anadarko. In this part of Colorado, energy infrastructure like that is everywhere. “I don’t want to live there anymore.
Arizona is one of the country’s reddest states and it’s also one of the sunniest. Conservatives there say there’s a good case to be made, based on economics and ideology, for backing the expansion of solar energy.
Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday will have an immense impact on energy and environmental policy in this country. What exactly he and his administration will do with regards to bringing back the coal industry, deregulating oil and gas, exiting from the Paris Climate accord etc., will be discussed and analyzed in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, here are the results of several important energy issues were on state ballots this week.
Legislators see the increase as a way to raise revenues in the face of a massive budget shortfall due to a drop in coal, oil and gas production. But wind developers say it’s a dangerous gamble for a state that has some of the best wind power potential in the nation.
For weeks now, workers have been sifting through hundreds of thousands of signatures to approve measures for the November ballot. They’re down to approving the last two: a set of highly controversial initiatives that together would restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office walks Inside Energy through the tedious process of counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of signatures.
Wind manufacturing employs around 20,000 people across the country. As Wyoming bleeds fossil fuel jobs and revenue, it wants to attract this industry. But right now, the state doesn’t have any of these jobs. Just across the border, Colorado is home to thousands.
It’s election season, which means politicians are busy promising lots of things, including lots when it comes to energy. Hillary Clinton has pledged to give $30 billion to coal communities if elected; Donald Trump has promised energy independence. We wondered, if these policies actually came to pass, what would the world look like? Are they good ideas or bad ideas?
The Paris climate talks were difficult to follow if you are based in say Denver, instead of Paris. Yet for journalists at Inside Energy, it was critical to follow as closely as possible the 24/7 negotiating marathon. We were helped by some create coverage by E&E Publishing.
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