Sunday, September 26, 2021


New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.


The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.


A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Colorado Latinos Welcome Biden’s Climate Orders


Thursday, January 28, 2021   

DENVER -- The Colorado chapter of Green Latinos welcomes the trove of executive orders signed by President Joe Biden this week meant to tackle climate change, conserve public lands and waters, and invest in clean-energy production.

Ean Tafoya, Colorado field advocate for the group, said Coloradans in rural areas, small towns and cities understand something more needs to be done to address more powerful and frequent wildfires, prolonged drought and other impacts of a warming planet.

"And they're concerned about the climate crisis," Tafoya observed. "I hear lots from them about wanting to be part of this coming green revolution. And I think there is a huge opportunity here laid out for all of us in Colorado, urban and rural, to benefit."

Biden's sweeping orders include investments in communities affected by pollution and other measures aimed at building a net-zero-emission economy by 2050.

Oil-industry groups see the moratorium on new oil-and-gas leases on public lands as an attempt to delay drilling until it's no longer viable, which they claim will cost jobs.

Others say even more needs to be done, and faster, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and seize on economic opportunities of a clean-energy transition.

Biden is also installing environmental-justice officers at all federal agencies to protect the health and environment of the nation's most vulnerable communities.

Tafoya hopes the decision will ensure people of color, disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and climate change, have a say in how the transition unfolds.

"Biden is laying out a plan and a vision to correct the inequities that were clear to pretty much everybody during COVID, with the disparities that are directly tied to pollution," Tafoya stated.

Biden's actions reversed many Trump administration policies enacted by executive order.

Tafoya added the next move is on Congress, to create and pass energy legislation that can't be undone by the next administration.

get more stories like this via email

Final versions of revised New York congressional, State Senate, and Assembly district maps are expected to be ready by Jan. 15, 2022, at the earliest. Another 14 public hearings will be held before the end of December. (NYIRC)

Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …

Geothermal energy is produced by drilling deep into the earth's bedrock, pumping in water, and using the resulting steam to generate power. (Utah FORGE)


SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Social Issues

CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …

Arkansas farmers produce more than 9 billion pounds of rice each year. (Adobe Stock)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …

Social Issues

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico legislator is optimistic a bill will pass in the 2022 session to prohibit life sentences for juveniles convicted of …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021