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Energy and Environment

Spanning the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources, open spaces, and scenic beauty. Our energy portfolio includes traditional energy resources like natural gas, oil, and clean coal, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. Development of our energy resources must be done carefully and responsibly, so that we can preserve our state’s environment and pristine beauty. To that end, I am committed to keeping Colorado beautiful for this and future generations through responsible conservation and forest management, and by ensuring that our open spaces and public lands remain accessible, so that people from all around the world continue to visit and experience our world-class skiing, hiking, angling, hunting and many other types of outdoor recreation.

More on Energy and Environment

March 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certified the construction of the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline project. After spearheading the effort to ensure FERC acted quickly on the project after failing to render a decision in February, Congressman Tipton (CO-03) praised the announcement:

March 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressmen Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Ben McAdams (UT-04) introduced legislation to support the fight against invasive species infesting western lakes and reservoirs, threatening water quality, quantity, and recreational opportunities. The Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2019 is supported by the Western Governors Association, among others.

February 20, 2020 Press Release

Following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision today to delay its vote on the Jordan Cove Project, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to FERC Chairman Chaterjee urging the Commission to minimize further delays in permitting for the project. Tipton’s letter reads:

January 30, 2020 In The News

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics amended the reauthorization legislation for NASA to include U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s proposal for a Space Resources Institute.

“It’s critical that there be a federal framework to guide future innovators looking to explore regions beyond Earth,” Tipton said. “Colorado has long served as a gateway for aeronautical research and development, and this legislation will ensure this role continues for years to come.”

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics accepted an amendment offered by Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) during the markup of the NASA Reauthorization legislation. The amendment contained identical language to the Space Resources Institute Act, which he and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced earlier in the 116th Congress.

January 23, 2020 Press Release

Today, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the improved definition for "waters of the United States" with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:

January 22, 2020 In The News

Local agencies working on the ground should decide whether to list a species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, according to a renewed bill from Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

The bill, called the LOCAL Act, is one of 17 proposed legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act from House lawmakers in the Western Caucus, a group originally born out of frustration with federal regulation of resources in Western states.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after the introduction of a 17-bill legislative package to modernize the Endangered Species Act to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states and local stakeholders as partners rather than obstacles:

January 13, 2020 In The News

Last week, Governor Polis gave his ‘State of the State’ address to sell his administration’s track record from last year and provide insight for Coloradans to the upcoming year. In his speech, he called the shutting down of Craig’s largest employers “exciting news,” as Tri-State announced the closure of the Craig Station and the Colowyo mine by 2030.

The impending lay-off of over 470 workers is not what I would call “exciting,” but devastating.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) blasted Governor Jared Polis and Colorado State House Democrats over the announced future loss of jobs as the direct result of their policies signed into law in 2019. Tri-State announced the complete closure of the Craig Station and the Colowyo Mine by 2030 as a result of the policies.

Tipton released the following statement: