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The Aurora Sentinel, June 25, on protecting the tourism industry: Colorado has an important job that it’s not very good at, protecting its future. That future, as a story this week in the Denver Post pointed out, is tourism. A report from the Colorado Tourism office pointed out that an astounding 71.3 million tourists visited the state in 2014, an ...

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Oil prices settle into new equilibrium: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Benchmark crude oil prices have barely moved for more than two months, implying the market has found a temporary equilibrium after the enormous price shock in the second half of 2014 and early 2015. Over the last 30 trading days, the range between the highest ...

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U.S. Supreme Court fires warning shot across EPA’s bow: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – In a rare defeat for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it on Monday to reconsider whether the EPA’s regulations on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants are appropriate and necessary. While the EPA considered the costs and benefits ...

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Editorial: Don’t let route debate delay Sandpiper oil pipeline

The vitally important Sandpiper oil pipeline proposal is making some progress toward becoming reality. However, there remains a huge question to resolve: the route the 612-mile pipeline would take from North Dakota to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. First, an update on the progress of the Sandpiper proposal. Recently, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a certificate of need for ...

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Cheaper prices spur U.S. gasoline demand: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own.) LONDON – Strong growth in demand for refined fuels such as gasoline and diesel is helping to rebalance the global oil market, according to most observers. “Recent oil market strength … stems partly from unexpectedly strong oil demand growth,” the International Energy Agency explained in its June ...

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Global oil demand slowed to a crawl in 2014: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own.) LONDON – World oil demand grew by just 843,000 barrels per day (bpd) last year, the slowest pace for 14 years, outside U.S. recessions. Consumption increased by less than 1 percent to 92.1 million bpd in 2014, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy published ...

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EDITORIAL: Is Colorado’s fracking battle over?

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

The national debate over hydraulic fracturing extends from one extreme to the other. New York state has banned the practice, while Texas recently passed a new law giving drillers carte blanche and local communities little recourse so long as a drilling site is “commercially reasonable.” To listen to Gov. John Hickenlooper, the debate in Colorado is all but over, with ...

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