Here's what we're doing in Colorado to build political will for climate action.
Aggressively reducing our fossil fuel consumption will both counter Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and address climate change. In this Pueblo Chieftain Op-Ed, Pikes Peak CCL chapter member Stephen Greenleaf presents the case for cutting our dependence on petroleum and the role carbon fee and dividend would play.Continue reading
The Grand Junction CCL chapter recently reached out to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and asked them to write an editorial of support for including carbon fee and dividend in the reconciliation bill. The paper, which has endorsed carbon fee and dividend and the Energy Innovation Act in three other editorials, responded quickly with a powerful endorsement in which they called on our Colorado senators to back this proposal and get it into the bill. Senator Michael Bennet responded quickly by doing just that in reposts of the Sentinel’s editorial. In his Facebook and Twitter posts Bennet took a strong stand for carbon pricing. Read the editorial here.
The recently released sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear that climate impacts are already here and we need to take rapid action to keep things from getting far worse. In her op-ed, Susan Atkinson, of the Durango CCL chapter, says we need to quit talking about a drought on the western slope and call it what it really is: desertification. Susan describes the effects of desertification and how we need to address the root cause – climate change – by adding a price on carbon pollution and returning those fees to American households.
Chris Hoffman’s op-ed lays out the sobering news and the good news. The sobering news is that we need to up our game if we’re going to avert climate catastrophe, and the International Energy Agency’s recently announced road map for reaching net zero emissions by 2050 illustrates the scale of the challenge. The good news is the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) is a powerful first step in the right direction. Chris describes the many benefits of the EICDA and the urgency to include it in any climate legislative package.Continue reading
April 2021 was a banner month for Colorado CCL, with eight Letters to the Editor and nine Op-Eds published across the state. Hats off to all of our writers! Special kudos go to the Grand Junction chapter for the editorial of support for carbon fee and dividend legislation, published on Earth Day in the GJ Daily Sentinel. Newspaper endorsements are very important in building support for carbon pricing legislation.Continue reading
Jim Dimmick reminds readers that the term “global warming” doesn’t accurately describe our situation. Yes, the climate is warming but that warming has created an instability in the atmosphere that is more accurately described as climate chaos. The recent polar vortex event in Texas is a case in point. Urgent action is needed, and carbon pricing is one of the most effective answers.Continue reading
Ft. Collins CCL volunteer Jim Danforth thanks Rep. Joe Neguse for the many ways he is taking action in addressing the devastating impacts of climate change on our forests, and he introduces readers to CCL and our preferred market-based solution — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.Continue reading
Brenda Sabo describes her nostalgia for happier holiday times when we could be together with family and friends — and then segues to another type of nostalgia: for a time before climate change started to impact our world. She says we need a “vaccine for the climate” at warp speed and offers the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as one such powerful solution.Continue reading
Sue's letter connects a brief personal story about this summer’s wildfires with what scientists know about the links between climate change and wildfire. In CCL fashion, she wraps up her LTE with our preferred solution.Continue reading
Congratulations to Susan Atkinson, Durango CCL volunteer, on her guest opinion in The Colorado Sun! This piece represents a milestone for Colorado CCL because (to the best of our knowledge) this is the first time a CCL volunteer has been published in this important online publication.Continue reading
A great letter to the editor (LTE) is two hundred words worth of response, insight, and persuasion. Every day, Colorado CCL’ers step up to the challenge. In recognition of that effort, we’ll be posting one LTE from around the state every month.
This month, we highlight Joanie Post’s letter in Grand Junction's The Daily Sentinel. Joanie’s letter does a great job of integrating her family’s discussions on emissions with our solution of carbon fee and dividend. Take a look.Continue reading