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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FCSG Statement on the Importance of Including Broadcom F-gas Emissions in the City’s Single GHG Inventory

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) insists that Broadcom’s massive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions be included in the City’s GHG inventory. Those emissions – consisting mainly of fluorinated gases (F-gases) accounted for fully 8% of Fort Collins’ total GHG emissions in 2018. Ignoring those F-gases – or simply mentioning them in a side-bar to the main GHG inventory – is akin to sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that if we don’t count them, those gases won’t really damage the climate. On March 25th, City staff released a memo (available at https://citydocs.fcgov.com/?cmd=convert&vid=218&docid=3443912&dt=MAIL+PA…) giving an overview of different options for…

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Linking Climate Protection and Peace

Speech delivered by Kevin Cross at the Fort Collins Peace Festival on September 28, 2019 The Fort Collins Sustainability Group/FCSG was formed back in 2005. We’ve spend the last 14 years focusing on climate action at the local level. We’ve also been involved with coalitions that focus on regional and state level climate action. The names of those organizations are Northern Colorado Partners for Clean Energy and the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, respectively. What does local climate action look like? It’s included advocating for setting ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for the City of Fort Collins. If…

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