Hickenlooper ordered action requiring manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency after Trump officials ended the gradually toughening of federal emissions standards that over four decades has led to reduced toxic and heat-trapping pollution from tailpipes.
State air-quality-control commissioners voted unanimously in favor of developing a rule proposed by health department staffers to require new cars and light trucks to meet California's miles-per-gallon standards for tailpipe pollution. If passed, the regulation would add about $950 to the cost os a new gasoline power vehicle, according auto industry analysts.
(Source: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Post, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, (303) 866-2471, www.colorado.gov/governor/contact
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Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.
Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented.
In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest.
(Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has come out in support of the discount on the proviso that Arch Coal commits to developing a methane capture strategy. To date, the state has led the nation in requiring oil and gas producers -- but not coal miners -- to control methane emissions.(Source: Arch Coal, BLM, High Country News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
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Hickenlooper said the state will increase its renewable energy usage goals and cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-fourth while keeping energy affordable or even cutting the cost by increasing building energy efficiency and eliminating the need for additional power generation stations.(Source: AP, SF Chronicle, Various Media, 11 July, 2017)
Contact: Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
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