Email Letters: July 14, 2017

Harmful bill would delay life-saving ozone standards

While summer ozone season is in full swing, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering the “Smoggy Skies Act,” a harmful bill that would delay life-saving ozone standards.

Ground-level ozone pollution, or smog, is dangerous – and widespread. Millions of Americans are especially vulnerable, such as Colorado’s 380,500 children and 106,600 adults with asthma.

H.R. 806 deserves the name the “Smoggy Skies Act.” It would delay ozone protections for years and permanently weaken one of the nation’s strongest public health laws, the Clean Air Act. This bill would make it harder to protect people from asthma attacks, emergency room visits, and premature deaths from ozone pollution.

Thanks to the Clean Air Act, our nation has made great progress in cleaning up ozone and other harmful pollutants. Still, millions of Americans live where the air is unhealthy to breathe and, literally, can threaten their lives. Weakening their protection is simply wrong.

Members of Congress, including Rep. Scott Tipton, need to save our lungs and vote no on HR 806, the “Smoggy Skies Act.”


Stating Colorado will comply with climate accord merely words on paper

So The Daily Sentinel likes Governor Hickenlooper’s decision to have Colorado comply with the Paris Climate Accord by joining the U.S. Climate Alliance – 13 states leading the world fight against the U.S. Federal government.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s decision to say Colorado will comply (with the Paris Accord) is a painless, easy, politically beneficial (to the governor) maneuver that, because Colorado really wasn’t a player in the Accord, is just words on paper. I’m not impressed.

Now, had Gov. Hickenlooper really put Colorado into the Paris Climate Accord it would have got my attention and the attention of any Colorado citizen. So why isn’t Gov. Hickenlooper really going to become part of the Paris Climate Accord? Simple – Hickenlooper and the state of Colorado do not (and won’t) have any “skin in the game.” The U.S. government had been committed to put a whole lot of “skin in the game.” President Obama, after signing the actual Paris Climate Agreement that required the U.S. to heavily finance the United Nations climate slush fund, started out by sending $500 million to $1 billion Department of State funds to the UN without the approval of Congress.

Now, had Governor Hickenlooper announced: “Colorado to send initial payment of $38- $70 million Colorado taxpayer’s [Obama’s payments apportioned by participating alliance state] funds to the UN climate slush fund and Colorado will comply with the Paris Climate accord with more Colorado taxpayer dollar payments to follow,” that would have certainly drawn my focused attention and probably most of the Colorado taxpayers’ attention as well. The attitude towards Colorado’s “participation” in the UN Climate Accord would probably be totally different.

Colorado is not in debt. The Federal government is only $20 trillion in debt. Maybe entering into agreements such as the Paris Climate Accord is part of the reason.


Hickenlooper deserves applause for decision to comply with Paris Accord

Public opinion polls show overwhelming disapproval of Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Accord. Over six in 10 oppose this move and say it damages U.S. global leadership. The survey finds broad skepticism toward Trump’s argument that this will benefit the American economy, and instead think it will hurt our economy.

In steps Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to fill this leadership void with a commitment for Colorado to cut greenhouse gas emissions and join the U.S. Climate Alliance. The Alliance is made up of hundreds of cities and states committed to uphold the Paris Agreement and make up over half of our countries’ population. Hickenlooper is leading Colorado in creating new job growth in the fast growing clean energy industry, reducing pollution in our air and water, and protecting our mountains and wildlife from the effects of global warming. His plan starts by encouraging utilities to voluntarily invest in renewable energy and to assist coal and mining communities impacted from this changing energy landscape.

Thanks to Gov. Hickenlooper for committing our state to becoming a part of the solution with low carbon energy alternatives like wind and solar. Thanks for joining the 194 other countries working together on this crucial issue. Thanks for the quality of life you are promoting for our future generations.



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