by Michael | 8:47 pm, April 30, 2012
Perhaps the number one reason for pushing so-called clean, green renewable energy projects is to reduce warming that, according to climate change proponents, increases climate volatility–(formerly known as global warming and now increasingly identified as the wild but undefined “change” that so worries them)–creating the need to build ever more renewable projects.
But according to the [...]
by Michael | 6:34 am, April 17, 2012
Vestas Wind Systems A/S and 1,700 Colorado employees could see a takeover bid by one of the two largest Chinese wind manufacturers:
Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, citing unnamed sources, reports that Sinovel Wind Group and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, the No. 1 and 2 Chinese wind-turbine makers respectively, have discussed takeover bids with bankers.
Reuters, in a [...]
by Michael | 3:33 pm, March 16, 2011
Defining precisely what a so-called green job actually is and how many have been created in Colorado is perhaps the only job as hard as actually creating such emerald-hued employment— and a University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business survey due later this spring attempting to quantify the growth and qualify the nature of the [...]
by Michael | 7:16 am, February 16, 2011
“State Transparency Website Not Transparent Enough”–that’s the title of a recent 7NEWS story (video) discussing Rep. B.J. Nikkel’s (R-Loveland) transparency efforts, including the CDOT transparency measure passed 65-0 in the House earlier today.
While Nikkel gives the current state online database–Transparency Online Project or TOPS–a “C” for content, it is the confluence of both that content [...]
by Michael | 5:32 pm, February 15, 2011
Rep. B.J. Nikkel’s HB 1002, designed to close a gap in the state’s online transparency offerings for Colorado’s Department of Transportation, passed out of the House today on a 65-0 vote.
The bill still needs Senate approval, as well …
by Michael | 1:31 pm, February 11, 2011
A little transparency goes a long way.
The Public Utilities Commission’s chair, Ron Binz, has rejected any possibility of being reappointed to his current position by Colorado’s new Governor John Hickenlooper. Facing ethics concerns revealed by Colorado Open Records Act requests regarding possible backroom deals that benefited Xcel and a penchant for expensive, overseas junkets that [...]
by Michael | 7:46 am, February 4, 2011
Earlier this month, COST profiled the excellent investigative reporting conducted by The Denver Channel’s Tony Kovaleski in discovering the profligate spending practices of Pinnacol Assurance’s board of directors, who had spent in excess of $300,000 in posh golf and span junkets.
The subsequent row over the expenses stirred up calls for board resignations, and now COST [...]
by Michael | 4:57 pm, January 27, 2011
Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R-HD 49) earned another win for transparency when HB 1002, a bill that COST profiled two weeks ago, received unanimous bipartisan support in clearing the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday on an impressive 12-0 vote.
A recap of what the transparency bill requires of the Colorado Department of Transportation:
This bill requires the Colorado [...]
by Michael | 10:52 am, January 24, 2011
The move will require the approval of the seven-member Legislative Audit Committee, but two Republicans, Sen. Scott Renfroe and Rep. Steve King, plan to ask for an audit of the Public Utilities Commission because of some of its recent decisions in the energy, taxi, and telecom sectors–the list is quite extensive:
“We felt it was appropriate [...]
by Michael | 6:42 am, January 20, 2011
Newly elected Governor John Hickenlooper has a chance to curtail government employee usage of state-owned vehicles for personal commuting and save the state as much as $3 million in the process – something his predecessor, Bill Ritter, took a pass on last June when he vetoed HB 1287, according to COST:
Can a governor get a [...]
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