CC4CA initiated a letter to Governor Hickenlooper, sent July 19, in which 75 local elected officials expressed support for his executive order on climate protection goals and offered to work with him and his administration to achieve the actions to fulfill them. In the letter, the elected officials wrote:
Now more than ever, it is up to state and local governments to step up and fulfill our nation’s commitment to reduce heat-trapping emissions under the Paris Agreement, which has been agreed to by nearly every nation in the world. . . .
At the state level, a comprehensive set of new actions will be needed to meet the goals you have established to:
- reduce statewide heat-trapping emissions by more than 26 percent by 2025, compared to 2005 levels;
- reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by 25 percent by 2025 and by 35 percent by 2030, compared to 2012 levels; and
- reduce total electricity sales by 2 percent per year by 2020.
As local officials, we are ready and willing to help you and your administration shape and implement concrete, measurable actions that will be needed to meet these goals.
The officials who signed the letter include county commissioners, mayors, and members of city and town councils, from 11 counties and 19 municipalities. The letter and a news release on it are here.