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As oil prices crashed to stunning lows earlier this year, the Interior Department offered temporary royalty relief to some oil and natural gas producers operating on federal lands in the hope of helping small businesses survive. Now that program is coming under scrutiny from Democrats in Congress, who call the move a give-away for industry that hurt taxpayers. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it would hear jurisdictional arguments stemming from Baltimore’s climate litigation case, a move that could have a ripple effect for many of the similar cases pending nationally including the lawsuit filed by the City and County of Boulder and San Miguel County. 

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, Ariz.) concluded his environmental justice tour with a hearing on Thursday to discuss his newly-introduced Environmental Justice for All Act. The bill was praised by community activists, but was harshly criticized by western lawmakers who fear it would be an insurmountable barrier to energy development.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) acknowledged the transition to renewable energy sources and zero-emissions vehicles has left the state dependent on foreign oil imports. Speaking during a webinar hosted by the U.S. Climate Alliance as part of NYC Climate Week, Newsom announced the state’s plan to halt all sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and his request of the state legislature to ban fracking, which he said would quicken California’s transition to renewable energy sources.

Western lawmakers, including Governor Mark Gordon (R, Wyo.) and Sen. John Barasso (R, Wyo.) pushed for reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a hearing on Wednesday, arguing states should have greater authority in recovering endangered species.

A new ballot initiative Colorado voters will consider this November could cost taxpayers and employers billions of dollars and put additional strain on the state’s already struggling oil and gas industry, according to a recent report. Proposition 118 would establish a paid family leave insurance policy in the state. If …

The Colorado River is getting relief from the recent drought conditions thanks to a partnership of water donations by a business, local government working in coordination with federal agencies to help the environment and fish populations. The plan to release additional water in the Ruedi Reservoir, located near Basalt, Colo., …