Coloradoan can do Better on Reporting Climate Crisis’ Link to Wildfires

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on January 1, 2021 Most, if not all of the Coloradoan’s articles on Colorado’s record-setting 2020 wildfire season earlier this year failed to mention the relationship between wildfire and the climate crisis. It is therefore somewhat heartening to see that in his recent article, “Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires reignite forest management debate,” Miles Blumhardt notes that “some blame” the size and intensity of the Cameron Peak fire on climate change. However, this possible explanation is presented in seeming opposition to other potential reasons for the historic nature of the Cameron Peak fire: the…

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PRPA Should not Build a Gas-fired Power Plant

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 19, 2020 The recent collapse of our economy and routine activities is the result of a microscopic coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Without warning the entire

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Climate Crisis Demands Both Mitigation and Adaptation

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on June 18, 2019 Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas is to be commended for recognizing that we are in a climate crisis (“Climate crisis demands planning and resiliency”, May 30th, 2019). As Kefalas points out, Colorado’s average temperature has increased by 2 degrees F in the past 30 years, and is projected to increase another 2.5 to 5 degrees F by 2050. In this context, it is welcome news that Larimer County’s proposed 20-year Comprehensive Plan incorporates actions to increase community resilience. However, Kefalas is not correct to say that today’s extreme weather is…

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Colorado Should Set Bold Climate Change Goals

Published in the Colorado Independent on April 2, 2019 The Colorado General Assembly soon will consider establishing additional climate goals for our state. The bill, HB19-1261, would set goals of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 90% emissions reduction by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The bill also reaffirms the goal set by Gov. John Hickenlooper before he left office: a 26% emissions reduction by 2025. While the new goals might sound ambitious, the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (CCLC) is calling for the 2030 goal to be strengthened – instead of 50%…

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