FCSG Statement on 2018 Fort Collins Climate Action Plan Results

Updated on December 15, 2019

When the City of Fort Collins reports that community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 14% below 2005 levels (1), there should be a big asterisk at the end of the sentence. That’s because the City does not include fluorinated gases, such as sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in its GHG inventory. One company located in Fort Collins – Broadcom (formerly Avago Technologies) - emits huge quantities of these gases, mainly SF6. Astoundingly, Broadcom’s fluorinated gas emissions make it the largest single GHG emitter in the City (2).

Statement in Support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

Posted on January 28, 2020

Background: Coastal Gaslink and TC Energy are pushing through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to the coastal town of Kitimat, where a processing plant owned by LNG Canada would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private investment in Canadian history.

The pipeline route would pass through the Wet’suwet’en Nation, which opposes this incursion into its territory. The Canadian Federal Government, the Provincial Government, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy are openly violating Wet’suwet’en, Canadian, and international law in attempting to build this pipeline. For more information, visit http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020.

Open Letter to the Board of Directors of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

The following open letter was hand-delivered to the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce on December 18, 2019. We were motivated to write the letter by the Chamber’s opposition to the City’s recent adoption of a resolution setting the goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030, its opposition to taking an ambitious approach to climate action planning, and its opposition to the City’s municipal broadband initiative. The letter was signed by 21 current and former Chamber members, ten other local business owners and executives, and 83 others for a grand total of 114.

Subject: Becoming the Optimistic Voice of Business Concerning the Opportunities and Threats Facing Northern Colorado

Maintaining and enhancing standards of living and quality of life for the residents of Fort Collins requires that both the public and private sectors play their respective roles and collaborate for the common good. The City government and Fort Collins voters have an established track record for innovation and have made a number of farsighted, forward looking decisions.

Reflections on the Notion of Sustainability

Since its inception in 2005, the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has focused on local climate policy. More specifically, we have advocated for City initiatives that would both reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and help our community adapt to climate change. For a detailed history of the work in which we have been engaged, see “The FCSG Story” here: http://fcsg.fccan.org/ObjectivesandGoals.

We subscribe to a notion of sustainability aligned with that set forth in the 1987 Brundtland Report, which states that “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” There are numerous examples of past societies that have functioned on a sustainable basis, including many of those in the Americas prior to European contact. However, we recognize that present generations are currently close to crossing at least eight planetary boundaries in addition to catastrophic climate change that would endanger future generations (1). Those other boundaries are:

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