In late June, a blistering heatwave settled over the Pacific Northwest, shattering high-temperature records from California to Canada. Hundreds of outdoor laborers or those who lacked air conditioning were hospitalized for heat-related ailments, and dozens died. Portland’s transit operator suspended rail service because of heat-damaged cables, while highways in Washington were closed due to buckling asphalt.
Across Colorado towns and counties are passing resolutions supporting President Joe Biden’s executive order to indefinitely pause new oil and gas leases on federal public lands.
Earlier today, to celebrate the beginning of Climate Week, climate advocates and state legislators stated the need for environmental justice and climate legislation in Colorado.
A report released last Tuesday by the environmental group 350 Colorado found that 70% of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from the oil and gas industry.
A few years ago, massive protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock changed the popular narrative about what climate activism looked like. The protests made clear that ramming dangerous pipelines through vulnerable communities wasn’t going to be easy anymore.
As the Climate Crisis Rages in Colorado, Latino Voters Poised to Have Outsized Impact in 2020 Election
The smoky air hanging over Colorado is a daily reminder that the climate crisis is here. Colorado, like many Western states, has seen record-breaking wildfires driven by climate change. While all Coloradans are feeling the effects of the climate crisis, the Latino community is disproportionately affected.
In a protest calling for the complete removal of William Perry Pendley from any position at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Progress Now Colorado, a progressive advocacy organization, used a powerful projector to beam the phrase “FIRE PENDLEY” on the building housing the office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).
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.”
At a virtual town hall Sunday, two Greenwood Village Democrats, state Rep. Meg Froelich and state Sen. Jeff Bridges, spoke to the importance of recycling and the value of legislative action to fight climate change.