U.S. natural gas prices, pushed to a record high after hurricanes Katrina and Rita barreled through the Gulf of Mexico eight years ago, are now more vulnerable to winter freezes than tropical storms after production moved onshore with the growth of drilling in shale formations.
After the biggest Atlantic storm on record struck the New Jersey shore last October, Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers was asked repeatedly if the town would rebuild in time to welcome summer tourists. “Oh, no problem,” he’d reply.
Colorado lawmakers’ approval of taxes and other measures to regulate marijuana sales is the latest in a series of moves by the Democratic-controlled legislature splitting cities from rural areas dominated by Republicans.
President Barack Obama met with chief executives of utility companies and their affiliated lobby groups on minimizing power disruptions during major storms like those that occurred in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy.
After five months of hearings to iron out hundreds of details, Colorado became the first U.S. state to pass legislation regulating the retail sale of marijuana and proposing to tax the new industry as much as 25 percent.
Colorado lawmakers set out yesterday to create a framework for how the state would become the first in the nation to regulate and tax recreational marijuana sales, including combined levies as high as 40 percent on the newly legal product.
An above-average number of storms will emerge from the Atlantic this hurricane season, and the odds of the U.S. being hit by a major system are about 70 percent greater than predicted last year, Colorado State University researchers said.
A few weeks ago, a Democratic Colorado state representative, Joe Salazar, worked his way into trouble during a debate over gun laws. The specific issue is one that has preoccupied Colorado for some time: Should people with permits to carry concealed firearms be allowed to bring guns into university buildings?