Energy and the New Congress | Part 2

Inside Energy

There's no doubt that the 2015 GOP ascendency in the Senate will affect the country's energy policy. Inside Energy takes a comprehensive look at what the 114th Congress could mean for Keystone XL, EPA regulations, energy efficiency standards and renewable energy generation. Here are two of the stories from IE's report. Wyoming Coal vs. The EPA

When Congress heads back to Washington in 2015, one of their first agenda items will be to block, delay or otherwise damage the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Continue Reading →

EPA Announces First-Ever Rules To Regulate Coal Ash

A coal fired power plant stands near Casper, Wyoming, U.S. on Aug. 13, 2008. Ron Surdam once scoured Wyoming for energy reserves, helping the least populous state in the U.S. become the nation's biggest coal producer. Today, the state's top geologist is searching for underground chambers where carbon dioxide released by coal-fired power plants can be buried for eons. (Photo by Adam Satariano/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Environmental Protection Agency released the first national guidelines to regulate the disposal of coal ash. This dust-like substance is what is leftover when power plants burn coal for electricity, and can contain toxins like arsenic, lead and mercury. The agency stopped short of classifying it as a "hazardous material," as it had in one of the two preliminary proposals. Continue Reading →

In Colorado and across nation, billions of dollars owed in child support


According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data, more than $5.5 billion dollars in child support payments have fallen into arrears in Colorado over the past five fiscal years. Nationally, the amount owed nearly $560 billion over those same five years.

The latest data from the state puts that amount for 2013 at $1.17 billion (with $345 million collected.) Continue Reading →