As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.
Many Colorado communities are still leery about the oil and gas drilling they see right outside their doors. In response, oil companies are working hard to polish their public image, both through messaging and improving their drilling techniques.
It is not as if public relations are anything new for oil and gas. Companies in energy states around the country have invested in the communities where they operate for decades. It is all part of their "social license to operate."
In terms of energy efficiency, Colorado is doing better than its neighbors.
That's according to a new report out by the energy policy nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The annual report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency policies and efforts. Colorado ranks 13, with Massachusetts leading the pack and North Dakota coming in last.
The natural gas pipeline is the largest project completed by the company in 20 years. The line travels through parts of Adams and Weld counties, and through Brighton, Commerce City and Fort Lupton, Colo.
Credit Mark Stutz / Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy just cranked open a new, 34-mile-long natural gas pipeline.
The $110 million underground pipeline crosses under the South Platte River, nine canals and three major roadways as it makes its way from Fort Lupton in Weld County to Xcel’s Cherokee Power plant near Commerce City.
Oil and gas development east of I-25 requires thousands of truck trips every day along Eastern Colorado's major and not-so-major thoroughfares. Some of these conveyances have an obvious appearance and connection to the boom. Think tanker trucks transporting oil away from the well pad. Others are strangely unusual, resembling a monster truck on steroids or a ride fit for a lunar colony.