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Hickenlooper leads way on addressing climate change

A bold stance by Hickenlooper

Three cheers for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who recently announced that Colorado will chart a course to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025, exceeding actions established by the Paris Climate Agreement. The governor’s executive order (www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/executive_orders/climate_eo.pdf) lays out goals for the utility sector and our buildings, paves the way for clean-electric cars, helps keep electricity rates low and sets the stage for continued growth in the clean-energy sector.

Colorado has led in addressing climate change before with the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act and state methane rules. The governor’s leadership in reducing emissions in our state, joining with other states across the country through the Climate Alliance, demonstrates that we take climate impacts very seriously. Longer and hotter droughts, severe storms, flooding and increased wildfires are too harmful to stand by and do nothing.

With his executive order, Hickenlooper joins the visionary and decisive leaders of other countries and states heeding the advice of the world’s scientists on what is necessary to avoid 2 degrees Celsius in warming. And Colorado continues to show the way to protect public health, our environment and our economy — because they are all interdependent.

Chelsea Congdon Brundige


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