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Colorado climate advocates call on Xcel to step up

Denver, CO – November 15th, 2017

As international leaders meet in Bonn, Germany this week for the UN Climate Change Conference, local leaders, businesses, advocates and more are holding events across the US to support climate action in the absence of federal leadership….

Today, the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (CCLC) — a coalition of 22 statewide community, faith, and environmental organizations, including 350 Colorado, Eco-Justice Ministries, Wind and Solar Denver, The Climate Mobilization Colorado and more — delivered a petition to Xcel Energy’s state headquarters in Denver asking that the utility take the lead by closing all of its remaining coal plants by 2030 and all fracked gas plants by 2035.

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Scott Pruitt’s detachment from climate reality

An edited version of this letter was published in the Denver Post on October 16th, 2017

EPA chief Scott Pruitt decided to announce his intention to terminate the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on a day when ten people were killed by raging wildfires in California and hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans still lack power and water due to Hurricane Maria.  It’s hard to imagine how a news conference could be more detached from the reality of climate change.

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Progress on Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan

Published in the Boulder Daily Camera on September 6th, 2017

Xcel’s “Colorado Energy Plan — Advancing Colorado’s clean energy future” was published last week. Thanks to the passion and dedication of many, Xcel Energy has committed to 55 percent renewable electricity by 2026.  While this is a major step in the right direction, we must get to 80-100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, with no significant new investment in natural gas infrastructure.

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Put up or shut up

Published in the Boulder Weekly on August 3rd, 2017

Regardless of human action (or inaction), the planet will warm more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to new government-funded analysis.

The research looks at “how warm we expect the planet to be if we turn off the lights today,” says Robert Pincus, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Colorado Boulder, who coauthored the study. It “describes the responsibility of past actions for future warming, for future costs” in measurable terms.

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News release on Colorado joining the U.S. Climate Alliance and Executive Order D 2017-015

Fort Collins, CO – On July 11th, Governor Hickenlooper announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance.  He also released an Executive Order titled “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition,” in which he set forth new climate goals for our State.

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Critics say Hickenlooper’s clean energy pledge falls short of needed climate action

Published in the Colorado Independent on March 30, 2017

Donald Trump wants to eliminate the Clean Power Plan. Hickenlooper says Colorado will press on — but environmental experts say even that won’t be enough to fight climate change.

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Denver Post and Senator Scott both wrong on climate action

Published in the Denver Post on December 31, 2016

Senator Ray Scott’s guest commentary and The Post’s editorial on December 24th run the limited gamut of Colorado power-elite thinking on climate action.  Senator Scott is an outright climate change denier, while The Post expresses support for Governor John Hickenlooper’s recent draft executive order, which addresses power-sector CO2 emissions only.

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Divestment vs. pricing carbon

Published in the Denver Post on December 24, 2016

If, as the Independent Petroleum Association of America insists, DU’s prospective divestment of its endowment fund from the top 200 fossil-fuel companies is only a “symbolic gesture” that would not affect the price of energy industry stocks, one might well wonder why the IPAA is expending so much effort and money to “launch a counter-attack” against students and others advocating for that divestment. Methinks they doth protest too much!

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