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President Obama, Congress Save Wind Power in Fiscal Cliff Agreement

The main federal incentives for wind power -– the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) -– expired on December 31, 2012, but as of January 2 will now be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of Coloradan and American wind power. Click here to read more

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A silver lining to a toxic orange legacy? | Russell Bassett

The toxic mining spill in the Animas River made international news, but it also helped highlight a problem that is long overdue for a solution. Hard rock metal mining is the most destructive industry in the world. The mining industry should not be allowed to use our public lands to build new mines in and around our cherished waterways until it cleans up from past mining operations.

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Report | Environment Colorado

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.

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Report | Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for millions of Coloradans. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Group calls out attorney general Cynthia Coffman for delaying new clean water protections in Colorado

“As the clean water rule goes into effect today, waters from California to Maine once again have the protection of the Clean Water Act,” explained Vivian Nguyen, field organizer with Environment Colorado.   “But here in Colorado– where so many people spend their summers rafting, kayaking or fishing on our rivers – attorney general Coffman has short-circuited these protections for now. This move is particularly outrageous in light of the Animas River spill. We should be doing everything we can to enhance protections for our state waters, not degrade them.” 

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News Release | Environment Colorado

New carbon pollution limits huge step on climate, and great news for Colorado

Coal and gas power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide and clean energy sources such as solar and wind will meet more of the state’s electricity needs, according to limits on carbon pollution finalized today that are central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change. 

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