If I know one thing for sure, it’s that 2020 is anything but a typical election year. When casting their ballot this year, voters in Colorado will need to worry about more than updating their voter registration, bringing their ID, or finding their polling location. In 2020, voters will also need to wear a mask to protect themselves from a global pandemic, as COVID-19 cases once again rise across Colorado. Voters will also need to navigate the climate catastrophe raging outside. For those voting in person, masks will serve a dual function: protecting them from COVID-19 and protecting their lungs from the toxic wildfire smoke.
A few short weeks ago when President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act, he claimed that the United States has “Among the cleanest air and water on Earth” in modern history. Trump touted the law as so-called proof that his administration is “working every day to keep it that way.” More recently, he even compared himself to Teddy Roosevelt and said he would “go down as a great environmental president.”