Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing Colorado in the coming years. Our community, and the rest of the state, are already feeling the impacts that will only grow. Forest …
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Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing Colorado in the coming years. Our community, and the rest of the state, are already feeling the impacts that will only grow. Forest fires, floods, and extreme weather events are all becoming more frequent and more severe. As a public health professional, I am also concerned about health and disease impacts. Just one example is the northward movement of disease-carrying ticks. Rates of diseases are likely to grow, and our elderly and our children will be increasingly vulnerable to extreme summer temperatures as the number of 100+ degree days continues to climb. All of this harms our air quality, weakens our economy, and imposes steep costs directly onto Golden’s taxpayers.Reducing carbon pollution and strengthening our economy and our quality of life go hand-in-hand. Our Golden City Council recently updated its sustainability goals to make sure Golden is well-positioned for community and economic health in the years ahead.The Colorado General Assembly, with just a few days remaining in this year’s legislative session, is considering a number of important bills that will substantially reduce carbon pollution and improve the effectiveness of our own efforts in Golden. This legislation includes bills that will expand opportunities for solar and reduce methane and other types of air pollution from drilling rigs. The legislation also addresses making passenger vehicles more fuel efficient and increasing access to electric vehicles. I urge the legislature to act for the good of Coloradans and Colorado.
Jim Dale,Golden City Council, Ward 3
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