(Because Lord knows we can use some – Promoted by Colorado Pols)
This was a hard week to write “Good News” for. Still, there was some.
Small victories, local heroes, sweet stories, random kindnesses, unexpected grace, cold justice served up on a hot plate…that’s what this diary is about. As always, your interpretation of what is “good news” is probably different than mine.
This week, it’s all about the heat, voters, immigrant rights, cannabis, and beer. Farmer’s markets. Buying local. No sports news, because the only sports I halfway understand are basketball and baseball. Anything else, I’m the one looking at you to see when to stand up and cheer.
Environmental / energy
It’s freaking hot in Colorado, especially on the western slope , down south, and in Denver, but the head of the EPA won’t say if climate change is a hoax, although his boss says it is.
Good news: It’s not as hot as Phoenix’s 119 degrees . Even AZ Sen. McCain thinks this global warming thing is the real deal. Plastic mailboxes are melting in Arizona – it’s that hot. (Photo from reddit, via Buzzfeed)
MacGregor Ranch is piloting a program to work closely with the NRCS to cut underbrush and mitigate wildfire risk, since it is so freaking hot in Colorado. Drought and wildfires are the two main hazards Colorado experiences from climate change. Here’s the video from the pilot project.
Virgin Mobile and several other big retailers are planning to conserve energy by running their trucking fleets more efficiently.
Coal India, the world’s largest coal mining company, will shut down 37 of its mines that are no longer economically viable. The lost energy will be replaced mainly with solar.
Clean energy jobs remain the fastest-growing employment sector in Colorado – with 62,000 added last year. 65% of those jobs are in energy efficiency. This all helps Colorado to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 2.3%. Rates for youth under 24 were at 6%, and for Hispanics at 5%, still lower than most other states.
There’s still some good fishing around Colorado. Get’em while there’s still water enough to fish in.
And you can drive to your fishing spot on roads you won’t have to pay an extra tax on, per the Colorado Business Coalition. Amendment 267 passed, funding $3 Billion for road repair and maintenance; however, $10 billion was needed. Where will that come from?
The “Dog Days” are approaching. If you see poor Puddles panting in a hot car, you can break in to save the pet – but not legally, in Colorado, until August.