“Developing and advocating strategies to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions to levels supportive of a livable climate”
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The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, which is comprised of 21 organizations working to address the climate crisis, was pleased to learn recently that the largest utility in the State, Xcel Energy, plans to explore the closure of two of its remaining coal plants and increase renewable electricity to 55% of its total energy mix by 2030. However, we can and must do better.
Please sign our petition between September 28th – October 29th, 2017, to let Xcel and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) know that you’d like to see Xcel develop a plan for 100% renewable electricity by 2030. We intend to deliver the petition to Xcel and the PUC by the end of October.
There are no ongoing actions at this time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!