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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - CO: Toxics

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., says the state's 30 federally funded research labs and joint institutes on climate science are poised to help the nation achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Franmarie Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- This week, House Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan to address climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a press briefing, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., called climate change "an existential threat," and pointed to Colorado's commitment to transition to wind and sol

If pollution from Suncor's Commerce City refinery were eliminated, Adams County could see health and economic benefits between $5 million and $12 million annually, according to a new report. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

DENVER -- If pollutants from a single oil refinery in Adams County were eliminated, Colorado could see economic and health benefits worth between $15 million and $35 million each year, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute report. The report also highlighted new Harvard research showing tha

The world's largest banks have pumped $1.9 trillion into fossil fuels since the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to the group 350 Colorado. (Ric Lander/Flickr)

DENVER -- The coronavirus pandemic has forced a pause in global commerce and industry, but that's not stopping climate activists. Led by many of the same folks who organized historic school strikes, Earth Day demonstrations focused on climate action are happening online through Friday. Stay-at-h

The Trump administration projects that its new fuel-efficiency standards will increase oil consumption by 2 billion additional barrels and cost consumers an extra $1,000 for gas over the lifetime of new vehicles. (USAF)

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has promised to challenge in court the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era clean car standards after revised rules were announced this week. Hannah Collazo, state director of Environment Colorado, says the move to weaken standards would resu

Signs suggesting a changing climate in Colorado include over 475,000 acres consumed by wildfires in 2018. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently reported that 70% of the state is considered “abnormally dry.” (BLM/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Health professionals are calling out Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado for his party-line vote last week blocking efforts to keep the Clean Power Plan on the books. The plan would have put limits on climate pollution from power plants for the first time. Dr. Cory Carroll at Foothills

Striking students want leaders to prioritize the health of families over fossil-fuel industry profits by prohibiting campaign funding from industry executives, lobbyists and PACs. (Pexels)

DENVER - Students in Colorado and across the globe are planning to walk out of classes Friday as part of an ongoing Climate Strike movement launched by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. Thomas Lopez, an organizer for the International Indigenous Youth Council, said young people are demanding cl

Nationally, the transportation sector is the number one source for greenhouse gas emissions. (Pxhere)

DENVER – Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission wraps up hearings Thursday over whether the state should require automakers to make a certain number of zero-emission vehicles available for sale. Jen Clanahan, head mom with the group Colorado Moms Know Best, says Colorado has an opportunit

For four decades, individual states have had the authority under the Clean Air Act to adopt stronger tailpipe pollution standards than those set by the federal government. (U.S. Energy Department)<br />

WESTMINISTER, Colo. – Colorado's new standards to limit pollution from vehicle tailpipes could be headed to court if the Trump administration moves ahead with plans to roll back federal standards created under the Obama administration. Dr. Sheela Mahnke, a pediatrician and Westminster City C

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