A press release from Conservation Colorado yesterday celebrates the passage of House Bill 19-1261, the Colorado Climate Action Plan legislation that commits the state to large reductions of greenhouse gas emissions–90% less than 2005 levels by 2050:
Today, the Colorado legislature voted on final passage of HB 19-1261, the Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution. Once signed, HB 19-1261 will:
Create a framework to tackle climate change by setting science-based goals to reduce carbon pollution, the underlying cause of climate change, of at least 26 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2030, and 90 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Direct the experts at the Air Quality Control Commission to create cost-effective regulations for the goals.
Ensure ample opportunity for public input on the best ways to meet the pollution limits in order to ensure a fair outcome for Coloradans across the state.
Coloradans are already seeing the negative impacts of climate change every day. It manifests as poor air quality affecting our health, extreme wildfires, disrupted growing seasons for agriculture, shorter ski seasons, and reduced river flows for rafting and fishing are changing how we live our lives and threatening things we love about our state. In fact, 62% of Coloradans – a full 12 points more than the next-highest Western state – say climate change is a serious problem.
We’ll reprint statements celebrating final passage of the Climate Action Plan from a number of local conservation and advocacy groups after the jump. But before that, we’d like you to take just a moment to consider the opposition to House Bill 19-1261 from Sen. Vicki Marble, putting the bookend on another memorable session for Colorado’s most headline-grabbing-and-not-in-a-good-way Republican Senator:
MARBLE: Is global warming a settled science? Is anything a settled science? [Pols emphasis] I don’t think so.
Between this and Sen. Ray Scott’s jubilation over “massive improvements in our climate” earlier this month, we can now say, as certainly as the global scientific community says about the reality of human-caused climate change, that Colorado Republicans are not credible on matters of basically any kind of science. Fortunately for those of you who expect laws to be made by lawmakers who are intellectually qualified to debate the subject matter of said laws, as of last November Republicans like Sens. Marble and Scott no longer make up a majority in the Colorado Senate.
For all the debate over the tenor of this mercifully concluding legislative session, and the acrimony against majority Democrats for having the audacity to keep their 2018 campaign promises, what’s been missing from the commentary is an acknowledgement of the ignorance that stalled progress in the upper chamber of Colorado’s legislature for the past four years under Republican control.
Here it is, folks. Anybody who wants to defend them has the floor.