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Colorado now has a chance to lead in climate legislation with the introduction of HB19-1261. There is no need to be afraid of aggressively tackling climate change. Many legislators try to deny the existence of the threat and they cry that the economic costs will be too high. These arguments have no traction. The threat of climate change is now undeniable as asserted by peer reviewed scientific analysis as well as recent intergovernmental and United Nation scientific reports.From personal experience, I can attest that living a carbon free life is not an economic burden and is easily attainable now. I live in the GEOS neighborhood in Arvada. This is the first carbon-free, net-zero development in Colorado that uses renewable energy and innovative technology in our energy efficient homes while at the same time providing a modern and comfortable lifestyle. The price of the homes in this community is on par with similar homes in the Denver area. The difference is that we have no monthly energy bills. Any extra electricity my solar panels produce can be used to charge my electric car. By retrofitting existing homes and requiring all new homes to be energy efficient and energy producers, many high paying jobs that cannot be outsourced will be created. HB-1261 will help usher in a new living paradigm consistent with the Colorado lifestyle and create economic growth for our great state.Jim Horan,Arvada
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