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What will be the future of energy production—fossil fuels or renewables? Governors from the Mountain West spoke recently in Washington, DC, at Politico’s 10th Annual State Solutions Conference about the role energy production can play in their states’ future and showed how state policy can direct industry investment.

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Former Colorado governor and current U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper got into a fiery exchange on Sunday with an environmental activist who was protesting his past support for the oil and natural gas industry.

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Environmental activists who were arrested for breaking the law while protesting at the Colorado state capital last week ahead of Governor Jared Polis’ annual State of the State address are receiving financial help from leading liberal figures.

Local government leaders in a suburb just north of Denver delayed indefinitely a new set of oil and natural gas regulations to ensure best practices are used for both energy development and health and safety.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a highly-anticipated report on Thursday that showed there are no serious, long-term health impacts to residents living near oil and gas operations including links to cancer.

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A new poll out from the Center for Western Priorities shows that a majority of Coloradans support responsible oil and natural gas development in the state. Support for production stood at 53 percent while “keep in the ground” policies stood at only 19 percent.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) continued his long-standing support for natural gas and leasing on public lands during a climate town hall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.