Action Alert: Tell Colorado Legislators to Support a Bill to Phase out New Permits for Oil and Gas!
Show our legislators there is a groundswell of support for this bill – requiring phase out of new permits for oil and gas and ensuring operators — not taxpayers — pay for cleanup. To help, please call and write your legislators and attend townhalls.
2024 Climate / Energy / Environmental Legislation
Jan Rose’s update for Week 7 of the Colorado legislative session ending on February 23rd is available here.
Pueblo Innovative Energy Solutions Advisory Committee conclusions are delusions
Published in the Pueblo Chieftain on January 14th, 2023
The Xcel Energy-established Pueblo Innovative Energy Solutions Advisory Committee (PIESAC) recently released their proposed recommendations for energy generation in Pueblo. Most committee members have no expertise in the electric utility field. They recommend building a nuclear or natural gas plant with carbon capture. The main requirement was to generate a significant tax base and jobs. Neither of these projects is likely to be approved by the Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC).
Colorado Must Overcome its Share of Climate Delusions
Published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on December 12th, 2023
In the early 1970’s, I worked on the adolescent ward of a state mental hospital. One of our patients was a fifteen-year-old – let’s call him Ian – who was smart enough to beat everyone at chess and to speak a bit of several different languages and who was also experiencing a mental condition that gave him distorted views of the world. These distorted views caused suffering for him and those around him. I think of him, and a particular incident with him, when I think of our climate situation these days.
Colorado’s New Air Quality Rule Puts Profits Over People
Published in the Denver Post on September 29th, 2023
As a Colorado resident, I am proud that our state has strong laws for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and environmental justice, but these laws mean nothing when regulations are not strong enough to put them into action. The rules the Air Quality Control Commission passed on Friday in the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Management in Manufacturing Phase 2 rulemaking are an egregious example of this problem.
Xcel’s Clean Heat Plan is Less Than Meets the Eye
Published in the Colorado Sun on August 27th, 2023
Climate change disasters are making headlines on a daily basis. One of the key solutions is to replace polluting natural gas furnaces with clean, high-performance electric heat pumps. Across the country cities and towns like Crested Butte have banned gas in new buildings.
Building electrification is a serious threat to the business models of utilities that distribute natural gas. Xcel Energy has responded by….
2023 Climate Legislation Summary
Posted on July 16th, 2023
The legislature did a lot of great work this year, but also passed a slew of bills that we’re concerned will come back to bite us in the form of billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on the false solution that is carbon capture and sequestration—CCS.
Statement Regarding Concerns About Certain Emerging Technologies
Posted on May 5th, 2023
As Colorado seeks to address the climate challenges of our time, we appreciate efforts to adopt solutions that positively impact our state. However, we have serious concerns surrounding several of the “emerging” technologies being promoted; in particular, carbon capture and sequestration, direct air capture, hydrogen, and nuclear. We are troubled by the lack of risk-analysis, cost-analysis, and impact-analysis being done in these sectors.
Colorado Should Honor its Legacy as a Place of Healing
Published in Colorado Newsline on May 2nd, 2023
Frances Wisebart Jacobs, a late 19th-century civic leader, is the only woman among the 16 Coloradans memorialized in stained glass on the walls of the Colorado State Capitol rotunda.
Three Questions for the Next Mayor of Denver
Published in the Colorado Sun on February 11th, 2023
The next mayor of Denver must have a heart that longs to keep all of Denver safe from the effects of the changed and changing climate. The next mayor of Denver must have the skill to lead the city to make Denver a world leader in dealing with the changed and changing climate.
Colorado Candidate Questionnaire on Climate and Clean Energy
Updated on August 30th, 2022
The CCLC recently invited all Colorado Gubernatorial and General Assembly candidates who will be competing in the general election this November to either respond or update their responses to our questionnaire on climate protection and clean energy. A total of 54 candidates who will be on the ballot in November have responded. We’ve posted the results, and hope they will be helpful as people make up their minds who to support in the general election.
The Supreme Court has put us in a Constitutional Crisis and a Climate crisis
Published in the Colorado Sun on August 6th, 2022
The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate is outraged by the recent Supreme Court decision eviscerating the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The decision is an outright attack on Congress that shatters our checks-and-balances system of government. It signals that we are in a constitutional crisis that will impede our ability to tackle the climate emergency.
2022 State Climate, Energy, and Environmental Legislation
Updated on June 5th, 2022
Following is the final bill summary of the 2022 State Legislature for the session ending May 11: Last year we had 59 climate bills, this year we had 41. The following is the status of each bill at the end of the session:
Public Utilities Commission Filing Urging Immediate Closure of the Pueblo Unit 3 Coal Plant
Posted on May 8th, 2022
The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate has filed comments with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission urging the commissioners to close the Pueblo Unit 3 (“Comanche 3”) coal plant now, rather than waiting until 2031 to do so. Instead, Xcel and its ratepayers should stop wasting time and money on this mistake and start investing our time and money in resources, both demand side and supply side that will help build a truly reliable, low-carbon electrical system for Xcel’s Colorado customers.
Selected Remarks Made at 2022 Earth Day Picnic, March and Rally in Denver
Posted on April 26th, 2022
The following remarks were made by Giselle Herzfeld and Kevin Cross at the Earth Day Picnic, March, and Rally held at the Colorado State Capitol and the Denver Federal Reserve Building on Earth Day.
No, Natural Gas Should Not be Part of Our Energy Mix
Published in the Colorado Sun on March 10th, 2022
In their op-ed titled “Natural gas should remain a key option in Colorado’s clean-energy mix,” the authors would have us believe that, long-term, natural gas should be part of the mix for our state’s goals for ending the use of fossil fuels.
Let’s be clear: When we have ended the use of fossil fuels, natural gas must be just another old, discarded technology, replaced by newer, clean electricity. Natural gas is not clean, nor should it remain part of our energy mix.
Letter to Governor Polis Demanding a Declaration of a Climate Emergency
Delivered on November 19th, 2021
Dear Governor Jared Polis,
We, the undersigned organizations and state leaders, are writing to call for action to address widespread public concern that in the two years since you signed SB 19-181 and HB 19-1261 into law, the situation with regards to oil and gas pollution and the impacts on Colorado communities and the climate crisis has failed to improve as needed.
2021 Colorado Climate/ Energy/ Environmental Legislation Summary
By Jan Rose, CCLC Spokesperson and Legislative Maven
Posted on June 16th 2021
Without question, this has been the most consequential session of the General Assembly for climate change legislation in history, with 53 bills introduced! Nearly all the bills we supported passed, and the vast majority of bills we opposed failed.
CCLC Positions on 2021 Colorado General Assembly Bills
Updated on June 8th, 2021
The CCLC has taken positions on the following 2021 Colorado General Assembly bills:
35 Prominent Environmental Groups Submit Joint Letter to APCD Re: 2021 GHG Inventory
Released on March 30th, 2021
DENVER — On Monday, 350 Colorado and the Colorado Sierra Club along with the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, EcoCycle, Clean Energy Action, Resilient Denver and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council submitted a joint comment to Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) on the 2021 Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
Open Letter to our Congressional Delegation: We Need a Green New Deal!
Letter sent on January 22nd, 2021
Dear Members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation:
When the Green New Deal Resolution (H. Res. 109 and S. Res. 59) was first introduced in Congress in early 2019, the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate voted wholeheartedly to endorse it. We communicated that position to you in a letter dated June 24th, 2019.
Groups Decry Xcel Energy’s Move to Slow Down Climate Action in Colorado
News release dated December 4th, 2020
Denver–Groups representing thousands of Coloradans have called into question why Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility who has long positioned itself as a climate leader, has moved to join litigation to slow climate action in Colorado. The diverse coalition of environmental, justice, health, and climate advocacy groups offered statements below.
Colorado Candidate Questionnaires on Climate and Clean Energy
Updated on October 16th, 2020
The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate asked Colorado General Assembly and Congressional candidates where they stand on issues related to climate protection and clean energy. As of early October, 75 General Assembly candidates and eight Congressional candidates who are on the ballot this November have responded to questions asking them to rate the urgency of addressing climate change, state whether they would sign on to the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge”, and declare their support or opposition to a number of state and national level climate policy initiatives. We’ve posted the results, and hope they will be helpful as people make up their minds who to support in the general election.