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Colorado Poised to be Important Player in Slowing Climate Change

PHOTO: Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. efforts to address climate change. According to a new report, the state could cut carbon dioxide pollution that is equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure in the next decade. Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.
PHOTO: Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. efforts to address climate change. According to a new report, the state could cut carbon dioxide pollution that is equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure in the next decade. Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.
July 1, 2015

DENVER - By fully implementing policies already enacted at the local, state, and federal levels, the nation can reduce global-warming pollution by 27 percent below 2005 levels in the next decade.

That's the finding of a new report by Environment America and the Frontier Group. Dickey-Lee Hullinghorst, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, says Coloradans understand the importance of mitigating the impacts of climate change.

"Colorado residents are increasingly concerned about climate change," says Hullinghorst. "It is becoming a big issue, and it relates to personal experience - we all see it happening in Colorado now, with the wildfires and the flooding and so forth."

The report found the largest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could come as a result of the Clean Power Plan, the proposed federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The energy industry and some members of Congress have been critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, claiming it could lead to job losses and higher electricity prices.

Colorado is on course to cut carbon dioxide pollution in amounts equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure by the year 2025, according to the report. Nikki Hodgson, coordinator with the Outdoor Industry Association, points out protecting the environment is critical to the state's recreation industry, which she says contributes over $13 billion to the state's economy.

"That value is not something we measure solely in economic terms. These lands and recreation opportunities associated with them are part of Colorado's identity, our well-being, our quality of life, and that's something worth protecting," says Hodgson.

To avoid what it calls "catastrophic impacts" of climate change, the report warns global warming pollution must be cut by 80 percent by mid-century. It documents policies that have reduced carbon emissions, including renewable energy and fuel-efficiency standards, as well as regional and state-based carbon caps.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - CO