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Hickenlooper Committed to Cutting Vehicle Emissions (Ind. Report)
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2018-08-20
On Thursday, Colorado air quality officials reportedly launched a push ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper (R) to ensure ever-more-efficient gas-powered vehicles calculated to cut 2 million tpy of CO2. The state air commissioners also committed to consider requirements on the auto industry aimed at accelerating a shift toward zero-emission electric vehicles.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Vehicle Emissions,  Jay Hickenlooper,  


Colorado Climate Plan Ignores Coal Pollution (Ind. Report)
Center for Biological Diversity
Date: 2017-10-23
According to the Tuscon-based Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's recently released Colorado Climate Plan identifies financial subsidies to encourage methane capture or flaring, but fails to address or recommend limits on coal mine emissions or to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations.

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, center@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arch Coal,  Hickenlooper,  Coal,  Methane Emissions,  Arch Coal,  


Arch Coal Seeking BLM Methane Emissions Concessions (Ind. Report)
Arch Coal
Date: 2017-09-06
In Colorado's North Fork Valley, Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk coal mining operations, the state's largest methane emitter and the nation's second largest coal miner, is asking the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cut the royalties it pays on some of the coal it extracts. The BLM is reportedly prepared to cut the royalties from 8 to 5 percent for a part of the mine where extracting coal is technically challenging and thus more expensive. The West Elk mine is on federal land, so its royalties are split between the federal Treasury and the state, which shares its portion with local government.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Arch Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Methane,  BLM,  Coal Bed Methane,  


Colorado Joins U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-14
On Tuesday 11 July, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced that despite Trump's withdrawal, Colorado has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states and territories supporting the Paris Climate Agreement on climate change. The other states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  U.S. Climate Alliance,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

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