A new federal report finds that climate change is affecting the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, and human health and welfare across the U.S. and its territories.
It also found that while Americans in some areas are working to limit the negative consequences of climate change none of the work being done "currently approach the scales needed to avoid substantial damages to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades."
Climate experts, researchers that worked on the report, activists, and Democratic lawmakers have raised concern that the Trump administration tried to bury the report by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. Trump was quoted with simply saying, “I don’t believe it.”
On November 16th, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted unanimously to adopt the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program standards for cars and trucks. The new standards will lessen the car emissions that threaten the health of our environment, our people, and economy.
More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state, including Colorado, have signed on to Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities.
“While our federal government is promoting 19th-century energy policies, we have to rely on local governments to lead the United States’ transition to modern clean energy usage,” says Garrett Garner-Wells, Director of Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. “Mayors across the state and country are rising to the challenge -- thinking bigger, acting smarter, and tapping the sun for more power.”
In the last 5 years, the number of wildfire-risk homes in Colorado has risen by 45 percent with state officials blaming the growing population and changes in agro-land use. According to the Colorado State Forest Service, 2.9 million people live in or near these wildfire-prone areas, half the state’s population.
“The biggest single reason for the growth of Colorado's fire risk is the conversion of agricultural land to other uses,” said Mike Lester, Colorado's state forester and director of the State Forest Service. A large portion of these “other uses” being to make land suitable for people moving into the state.
As Election Day came to a close, voters defeated the attempt to push oil and gas wells 2500 feet away from homes, schools, businesses and anywhere humans occupy. But now that Democrats hold control of the government, supporters of the bill are not backing down.
“The loss has actually solidified and deepened the conviction of the community to really make something happen and make some real change here,” said Lee Foster, member of pro-Proposition 112 group ‘Colorado Rising’, who added that she and her organization aren’t ruling out another statewide ballot issue for 2020.