The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has reviewed both the City Manager’s Recommended Biennial Budget for 2017-18 and staff’s analysis of how budget offers included in the first document align with the City’s 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal. We are recommending further consideration of three budget offers that are currently “below the line” (i.e. not recommended for funding) that would help achieve that goal.
Published in the Boulder Daily Camera on September 10, 2016
In April of 2008, Governor Bill Ritter issued an Executive Order establishing Colorado’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to help head off disruptions to our society resulting from climate change. Those goals were to reduce GHG emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The Executive Order also required the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to report periodically on the State’s GHG emissions inventory. The directive was to remain in force until modified or rescinded by a future Executive Order.
The first CDPHE report on GHG emissions was released in October 2014. It did not mention the goals established by Governor Ritter. Nearly a year later, Governor John Hickenlooper released the 2015 Colorado Climate Plan. That document also failed to mention the specific goals established by Governor Ritter, and established no new goals. Rather than modifying or rescinding the 2008 Executive Order establishing GHG emissions reduction goals for Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper appeared to be trying simply to sweep them under the rug.
Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on July 8, 2016
Deniers of human-caused climate change are not only people who rail against the well-established link between greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and global warming. Deniers include those who don’t think governments can or should do anything to mitigate climate change. The president and CEO of the local chamber of commerce, David May, evidently fits into the latter subcategory.