On June 7th, we learned that the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP) Executive Team planned to recommend against providing the additional funding needed to continue the City’s business and residential energy efficiency programs through the end of 2016. This recommendation is formalized in the Agenda Item Summary for Ordinance 081, 2016, which City Council will consider at its meeting on June 21st. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) is firmly opposed to the ordinance in its current form, and believes that the $1.46 Million gap in funding for the efficiency programs should be backfilled immediately.
Published in the Denver Post on June 8, 2016
Re: “Initiative 78’s hidden purpose”, June 2 Post editorial.
The Post’s editorial board states that the developers of Initiative 78 were either “reckless” or “devious” to bring forward a ballot measure that would put much of Colorado off-limits to new oil and gas wells and the fracking attendant to the extraction process. The editorial board appears not to understand the urgency of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5° C or less. That key goal is part of the Paris Climate Agreement, which has to date been signed by the U.S. and 176 other countries.
Published in the Denver Post on April 13, 2016
Re: “Wasting Colorado’s money on EPA’s Clean Power Plan,” April 2 guest commentary.
State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg claims to want to prevent the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) from wasting taxpayer dollars on studying how to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. He acknowledges that the amount of money in question is less than 0.1 percent of the CDPHE’s budget, or about 0.001 percent of the state’s budget.