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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Shell Oil has come under fire after a blogger unearthed a 1991 video, "Climate of Concern," in which the company warned of possible consequences of climate change. (Associated Press)

Shell Oil accused of ignoring climate threat known in 1991

The #ExxonKnew campaign never quite panned out as climate change activists had hoped, unless their goal was to see Exxon Mobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson sworn in as secretary of state. But that failure wasn't enough to stop #ShellKnew. Published March 2, 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, a fire set by protesters burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday near Cannon Ball, N.D. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil.(Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge to rule on final tribal appeals to halt pipeline

A federal judge said Tuesday he will decide by March 7 on a request to block the Dakota Access pipeline in what may be the tribes' last chance to derail the nearly completed project before it begins transporting oil. Published February 28, 2017

Sen. Bernard Sanders "has not closed the door" on a third-party run as supporters rally for a Draft Bernie for a People's Party. (Associated Press)

Sanders under rising pressure to form third party

Democratic Party insiders say efforts to draft Sen. Bernard Sanders to launch a political party are foolish, doomed to fail and could do more to hurt than help the progressive cause. Published February 27, 2017