Anti-Fracking Effort Funded by Outside Billionaires

July 30, 2014

green loansDENVER—Colorado’s so-called grassroots anti-fracking effort is being funded by a shadowy network of wealthy left-wing donors in California, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a Senate report released Wednesday.

The explosive report, “How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA,” highlights Colorado’s anti-fracking movement as an example of how rich philanthropists are funding behind the scenes the national environmental agenda.

“The members of this elite liberal club funnel their fortunes through private foundations to execute their personal political agenda, which is centered around restricting the use of fossil fuels in the United States,” said the report.

The findings were issued by the Republican minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which oversees the EPA. Read more »

House Set to Vote on GOP’s Border Crisis Measure

July 30, 2014

Border-Patrol_03WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are putting the final touches on legislation set for a vote Thursday to stem the flow of unaccompanied juveniles flooding the Texas-Mexico border.

The measure would spend nearly $660 million on border security measures, including video conferencing capability at more than 300 detention facilities for judges to rule on whether the illegal immigrants should be sent home to Central America or allowed to stay with family members in the U.S.

“That would really speed up the process. It’s innovative,” said Kentucky Republican Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

President Obama has asked for nearly $4 billion to deal with the crisis, while signaling he would scale back deportations and issue more work permits to those who crossed the border illegally.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are threatening to attach their amnesty measure to the GOP House bill. Read more »

Local EPA Hearings Draw Protests, Enviro Supporters

July 29, 2014

Coloradans are expected to turn out in droves this week to let top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials know their views on a controversial climate change rule that would drastically cut back on coal to create electricity.

Numerous environmental groups and some consumer and business associations will be allowed to participate in the formal hearings held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the EPA’s regional headquarters in Denver.

Meanwhile, some environmental groups will stage outside protests in favor of the rule to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants by replacing coal-fired electrical plants with nuclear energy, natural gas, and some forms of renewable energy.

Pro-coal supporters are also planning a rally beginning at noon Tuesday to protest what they describe as an EPA power grab that will kill jobs, especially in Colorado where more than 60 percent of energy is generated by coal-fired plants. Read more »

Ethics Panel Says Gessler Can’t Spend Public Funds on RNLA, But Deputy Can

July 29, 2014

Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler

DENVER—It’s apparently okay for public officials to use state funds to attend the Republican National Lawyers Association meeting, as long as they’re not Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

That’s how Gessler is interpreting the Independent Ethics Commission’s decision last week to allow Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert to attend the RNLA conference in August on the state’s dime—a year after he was rebuked for doing the same thing.

The commission ruled last year that Gessler had “breached the public trust for private gain” after he spent $1,400 from his office discretionary fund to attend the 2012 RNLA meeting in Tampa. Gessler has appealed the ruling, but the damage to his political career has been done.

Gessler lost his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in June, and while he says the hit to his reputation resulting from the IEC ruling wasn’t the only reason, it certainly didn’t help.
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Choosing Between the Economy and Environment

July 29, 2014

CRED_LadiesBy Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Diedra Garcia, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver and Tamra Ward, President and CEO of Colorado Concern.

We shouldn’t have to choose between the energy we need, the environment we love and the economy we deserve. Thankfully in Colorado, we know we don’t have to.

The stakes are high when it comes to energy production in Colorado. Tapping into our energy resources is a huge economic driver that creates jobs, infuses funds into local communities and schools and brings us closer to energy independence as a country. But, it’s also something we have to do thoughtfully in order to protect our precious environment. Read more »

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