A new fact sheet by CC4CA draws on the latest government data to show that Colorado now lags behind the nation in reducing the largest share of heat-trapping emissions — carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use, which account for about three-quarters of all climate-changing pollution. The data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that in 2015 Colorado had reduced statewide carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent below 2005 levels, while the nation as a whole had reduced those emissions by 11 percent. For emissions from electricity generation, Colorado’s were 10 percent lower, while national emissions were 20 percent lower. Clearly, Colorado can do more to reduce our contribution to climate change.
Anita Seitz, president of Colorado Communities for Climate Action, urged the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to accelerate the closure of two more coal-fired power plants in Colorado, and replace them with clean energy resources, which now are less expensive than ever before.
Colorado Communities for Climate Action has written a letter to the members of the state’s congressional delegation, urging Congress not to repeal or undercut tax incentives for electric vehicles and for clean electricity from wind, the sun, and geothermal resources. Keeping the current clean energy incentives is important for our climate, for public health, for people’s pocketbooks, and for the economy.
Colorado Communities for Climate Action is a new coalition of local governments that advocates for state and federal policies to protect Colorado’s climate for current and future generations. In a year and a half since being launched in May 2016, CC4CA has already begun making a difference.
CC4CA is standing up for the federal tax credit that supports the development of wind energy, in the face of a congressional move to undercut it.