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Feeling the heat in Colorado
Thanks to Mike Keefe for his July 7th editorial cartoon comparing hell with Colorado. The fire and fury in our forests gets worse every year. The health consequences of the wildfires burning in the state were emphasized in an article on page 4A the same day: “Unhealthy air blowing across Colorado.”
Global warming worsening
Thank you for sharing the article by Seth Borenstein, “Looking for signs of global warming? They’re all around you.”
For over 10,000 years nature kept CO2 in balance at 280 ppm. When Bill McKibben wrote “The End of Nature” in 1989, CO2 had already passed the safe upper limit of 350 ppm. It is now at 411. It means we are breathing man-made air. The end of nature.
Colorado candidate questionnaire on climate and clean energy
Updated on May 16, 2018
The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate asked Colorado Gubernatorial, House, and Senate candidates where they stand on issues related to climate protection and clean energy. 51 candidates responded to seven questions covering renewable electricity goals, greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, oil and gas setbacks, and more. We’ve posted the results, and hope they will be helpful as people make up their minds who to support in the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 26th.
Senate bill seeks to stop Hickenlooper from following Paris climate accord
Published in Colorado Politics on April 18th, 2018
A Senate committee debated a bill Wednesday to take away Gov. John Hickenlooper’s ability to keep Colorado in line with the Paris accord, the multi-nation agreement to address climate change. [The CCLC was there to poke fun at the effort!]
The comparatively low cost of moving to 100 percent renewable energy
Published in the Denver Post on February 4th, 2018
The good news about Mark Jaffe’s recent column about moving electric generation to 100 percent renewables is that we can get to 80 percent right now. Wind and solar are now so much cheaper that getting to 80 percent renewables would help everybody’s bottom line. What sticks is the cost of storage to help fill in the last 20 percent.
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.
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!