Friday, January 25, 2013

Rockies Today, Jan. 25

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.


Colorado Rep. Perlmutter to introduce gun-regulation bill in the U.S. House
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced legislation on Thursday that would ban the manufacture and sale of 157 different types of semiautomatic weapons and the sale of high-capacity magazine clips, and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado is expected to introduce a companion bill in the U.S. House next week.
Denver Post; Jan. 25

Wyoming study pitches state's wind resource as perfect for California
The "Wind Diversity Enhancement of Wyoming/California Wind Energy Projects," released Thursday is being used by wind developers in Wyoming to pitch their renewable energy resource to California.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 25

B.C. port approves expansion to accommodate increased coal exports
A $200 million expansion project was approved by Port Metro Vancouver that will allow the port on British Columbia's west coast to double the amount of coal it exports.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 25

U.S. oil glut takes a bite out of Alberta's budget
In her speech Thursday night, Alberta Premier Alison Redford said an oil price differential that was much higher than estimated had reduced oil revenue in the province by $6 billion, requiring some drastic cost-cutting measures.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 25

Federal appeals court declines to revisit decision on rescinded Utah leases
On Thursday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from two Utah counties and three energy that the appeals court review a decision rendered by a three-judge panel that affirmed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to withdraw 77 energy leases in Utah after they were sold.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 25

Wyoming says predator zone designation for wolves is working as planned
Wyoming's dual classification of wolves, which allows wolves in the predator zone to be removed at will, is working as state officials had hoped, with 31 wolves killed in that area of the state since October.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 25

GE's solar-cell technology sets efficiency record
In recent tests conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, a thin-film thin-film solar-cell developed by General Electric set a world record in efficiency.
Denver Post; Jan. 25

Residents of N. Utah counties brace for another round of bad-air days
Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties have already logged a dozen days or so this season where particulate pollution in the northern Utah counties have exceeded federal standards, and more bad air is in the forecast for this weekend.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 25

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