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  • Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win

    Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win0

    • December 4, 2017

    President Trump and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke have righted a wrong, marking a victory for local voices and fair and just government. After months of meeting and conferring with local residents, tribal leaders, and elected officials, the Trump administration reduced the size of the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. As

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  • Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan

    Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan0

    • November 29, 2017

    “Inherently damaging” is how former Kansas State Representative and Chairman of House Energy and Environment Committee Dennis Hedke (Republican) describes Xcel Energy’s “Colorado Energy Plan” in a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and copied to the Colorado State Senate majority leadership and the Independence Institute. Hedke sent the letter certified mail and

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  • Public support for Xcel’s controversial plan? The rest of the story…

    Public support for Xcel’s controversial plan? The rest of the story…0

    • November 28, 2017

    By Amy Oliver Cooke with contributor Tyson Thornburg A cursory review of the emails and letters sent to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seems to indicate significant support for Xcel Energy’s costly and controversial Colorado Energy Plan. Our guess is that’s exactly what Xcel wants the media, the public, and the PUC to believe.

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  • Time to put our money where our heart is: NPS fee increase is necessary

    Time to put our money where our heart is: NPS fee increase is necessary0

    • November 21, 2017

    By Amy Cooke with contributor Tyson Thornburg My love affair with Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has been personal and life-changing. Since the park’s creation in 1915, RMNP has been the premier example of Colorado’s natural beauty. Who could blame me or anyone else for treasuring it? It was the Bicentennial, summer 1976. From my 13-year-old

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  • Slaying a dragon: Pruitt strikes down the CPP

    Slaying a dragon: Pruitt strikes down the CPP0

    • October 11, 2017

    President Obama and the eco-left’s draconian federal scheme to regulate carbon emissions comes to an end, but Colorado still faces a similar dragon closer to home.  I don’t think I’ve ever written this, but thank goodness for the EPA! Well, actually, thank goodness for Administrator Pruitt’s announcement that he will “formally sign a proposal to

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  • Continental Army versus British Empire: coalition opposes Xcel’s latest money grab

    Continental Army versus British Empire: coalition opposes Xcel’s latest money grab0

    • October 7, 2017

    The regulatory space at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is the playground of corporate lawyers, unelected bureaucrats, and well-funded special interest groups. They have “stakeholder” meetings that include only themselves. Then they issue press statements slapping each other on the back for their hard work securing a “settlement” that forces Colorado working families and

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