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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.

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Colorado Candidate Questionnaire on Climate and Clean Energy

Posted on June 6th, 2022

Ballots are now in the mail for Colorado’s 2022 primary election, and the last day to vote is June 28th.  The CCLC recently asked Colorado Gubernatorial and General Assembly candidates where they stand on issues related to climate protection and clean energy.  A total of 56 candidates who are on the ballot this month have responded.  We’ve posted the results, and hope they will be helpful as people make up their minds who to support in the primary election.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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