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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

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

July 30, 2019 In The News


WASHINGTON – A bill aiming to increase renewable energy production on public lands is gaining broad support as it makes its way through the U.S. House.

A bipartisan group of 24 lawmakers – including Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez – introduced the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act on July 17. It has since picked up nine more co-sponsorships and had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced a bill today, the Reprioritizing Unserved Rural Areas and Locations for Broadband Act (RURAL Broadband Act) which if passed would improve the process for expanding broadband to rural communities. The bill was introduced with Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04).

April 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in support of H.R. 2030, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. Tipton cosponsored the bill and gave a speech on the House floor before it was passed.

In part, Tipton’s remarks read:

“Following a historic, two-decade long drought in the Southwest, I am glad to see an effective strategy produced after years of collaboration between the seven states involved and the federal government.

March 20, 2019 In The News


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Congressman Scott Tipton was in Grand Junction Tuesday talking energy on the Western Slope.

February 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressmen Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass bipartisan legislation to increase transparency and oversight of funds paid out under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). The Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.R.752) passed the House with a unanimous vote.

January 28, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) reintroduced bills to support responsible energy development and additional funding for education. The bills, the Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 785) and the Education and Energy Act (H.R. 786), would provide benefits in rural communities throughout the West, as well as in communities across the country in the form of affordable energy and more education funding.

December 7, 2018 In The News

Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday introduced the latest version of a so-called “good Samaritan” bill to address abandoned, leaking mines in the U.S. with hopes of breaking roughly two decades of congressional gridlock on the topic.

With just weeks left before the end of the year, the legislation offered by the two Republicans has a near-impossible path toward passage, but is meant to set the table for broader conversations in 2019.

September 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, during a full hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) spoke in support of his bill, the Land Ownership Collaboration Accelerates Life Act, known as the LOCAL Act (H.R. 6344). The LOCAL Act would encourage localized, proactive conservation efforts to help prevent listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to reauthorize the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Cheney Disposal Cell in Mesa County, which receives radioactive waste materials that were produced decades ago during the uranium milling process, passed off the House Floor with a bipartisan vote. The Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 2278), would extend the Cheney Disposal Cell’s authorization until 2030.