Thousands of people flock to Colorado every year for a better life. The Census Bureau estimated a 1.4 percent growth rate for Colorado last year, over double the 0.6 percent national rate. This …
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Thousands of people flock to Colorado every year for a better life. The Census Bureau estimated a 1.4 percent growth rate for Colorado last year, over double the 0.6 percent national rate. This growth increases our carbon footprint while the surge in oil/gas extraction continually stresses our ozone, causing the State to fail federal air quality standards and the American Lung Association to give a “D” grading for Denver County’s ozone pollution.This negatively impacts people’s lifestyle and health. Governor Jared Polis acknowledged this recently, “instead of hiding behind bureaucracy and paperwork that delay action, we are moving forward to make our air cleaner now.” Coloradoans face a critical fork in the road; live up to our reputation for progressive thinking and calls to action or abandon our values and the well-being of Colorado’s future.One of Colorado’s most beloved bands has a lyric that reads, “Close your eyes, look inside, and see what you can find.” This concept resonates within our communities, so I ask everyone to ponder this as they decide on HB19-1261: Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution. The balanced approach this bill takes is a critical step forward in mitigating the devastation caused by GHG emissions that threatens Coloradoans’ health, future, and lifestyle – which has made this state a mecca for thousands like myself. Colorado’s opportunity to set the standard for sustainable living is now, “Close your eyes, look inside, and see what you can find.”Jeremy Major,Golden
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