(Colorado – July 11, 2017) Today Governor Hickenlooper announced an Executive Order that sets Colorado on a course to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2025, exceeding actions established by the Paris Climate Agreement. The Order includes goals for the utility sector and our buildings, and it advances clean electric cars.
Jon Goldin-Dubois, President of Western Resource Advocates, made the following statement in response:
“Governor Hickenlooper’s action today on climate continues to show the West and the world that Colorado can reduce our carbon pollution while keeping our electricity rates low, growing our economy and building new clean energy sectors that have already created tens of thousands of good paying jobs. Colorado has led in addressing climate change before with the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act and state methane rules—and now we will continue to show that the Colorado way protects our health, our environment and our economy. The Governor’s leadership in reducing emissions in our state, joining with other states across the country through the Climate Alliance, demonstrates that we take climate impacts very seriously. Longer and hotter droughts, severe storms, flooding and increased wildfires are too harmful to stand by and do nothing.
Colorado has led in addressing climate change before with the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act and state methane rules—and now we will continue to show that the Colorado way protects our health, our environment and our economy.
We praise Governor Hickenlooper for his leadership in setting strong and measurable actions addressing climate change and ensuring Colorado acts to achieve needed greenhouse gas reductions. This shows that our state joins with other countries and states heeding the advice of the world’s scientists on what is necessary to avoid 2 degrees Celsius in warming. We know from the Western States Survey conducted by Colorado College and released in 2017 that two-thirds of Colorado voters believe dependence on fossil fuels is a problem and a majority want to see more solar and wind power. The Governor is representing our citizens well in taking clear action to clean our air. We urge President Trump and other Governors, mayors and elected leaders to take heed and follow suit in immediately taking effective action.”