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The Corporate Takeover of Colorado

January 9, 2017

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Guest post by Phil Doe* Two important things happened in Colorado on election night. The people overwhelmingly rejected a ballot proposal that would have brought a universal, publicly financed, single-payer health-care system to the state. And after months of a carefully orchestrated and costly propaganda campaign designed to create doubt and even self-loathing, the people […]

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Broomfield’s impending doom

December 8, 2016

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On Tuesday night the Broomfield City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing the first reading for an ordinance that will impose a 6-month temporary moratorium on new oil & gas drilling permits. The ordinance comes up for a second reading on January 10, and is expected to pass. Frustrated with “limited toolkit,” Broomfield considers […]

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BLM Finalizes Long-Sought Protections for Colorado’s Thompson Divide

November 17, 2016

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Coalition Members Praise “Balanced Solution” for Nation’s Most Visited National Forest DENVER, CO – Cattlemen, recreational users and local governments praised a final Record of Decision issued by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today which legally canceled 25 undeveloped, improperly-issued oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area of the White River […]

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Amendment 71, the big lie

November 3, 2016

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Guest post by Phil Doe* The propaganda barrage from the corporate sponsors of constitutional Amendment 71 is part of a continuing effort by the oil and gas industry to make the state their oyster. The industry wants no interference from citizens who believe they should have the right to protect themselves, their homes, their children, […]

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EPA guidelines will impact Colorado’s air quality program

October 28, 2016

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At the end of August, the Clean Air Task Force released a report that confirmed the amount of smog from ozone emissions produced by oil and gas operations could lead to as many as 750,000 asthma attacks nationwide. The report, Gasping for Breath documents that these emissions could lead to more than 500,000 days of […]

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Oil and Gas Threat Map now includes public lands

October 27, 2016

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One-third of Colorado’s nearly 67 million acres are designated as public lands, including forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, national parks and monuments, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. As much as we appreciate our precious public lands, oil & gas development on public lands has contributed to the increasing public health risks […]

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Broncos’ Elway is a shill for oil and gas industry

October 24, 2016

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Broncos general manager John Elway is appearing in two campaign ads urging voters to pass Amendment 71, and reject Amendments 69 and 70. Those TV spots started running on Sunday. Elway supports Amendment 71 — aka “Raise the Bar” — which would require future citizens’ initiatives to get petition signatures from 2 percent of the […]

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Fracking puts water sources at risk in Texas and Colorado

October 13, 2016

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Map: Competition for Water in U.S. Shale Energy Development New Data: Water Use In Hydraulic Fracturing A Key Risk In Water-Stressed Regions In Texas And Colorado Water Use Per Well Doubles Even as Production Declines, Increasing Wastewater Disposal Risks New Ceres research, released recently via an interactive map, shows that 57 percent of hydraulically fractured […]

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Jordan Cove and the myth of Sisyphus

October 7, 2016

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In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity. The Jordan Cove Project is a proposal by Calgary-based energy company Veresen to build […]

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Vote “No” on Amendment 71

September 28, 2016

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Be The Change releases ‘Fact Sheet’ in opposition to Amendment 71 Amendment 71:  The corporately-financed initiative designed to eliminate the citizen’s right to initiative. Probably the most important historical fact we should recognize when discussing Amendment 71, dubbed Raise the Bar by its corporate sponsors, is that the people’s right to the initiative, or citizen […]

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