On June 21st, City Council voted unanimously (5-0, with Gino Campana and Ray Martinez absent) on first reading to spend $1.545 Million from prior year reserves in the General Fund on three Climate Action Plan (CAP) programs. Those three programs are: business energy efficiency rebates, residential energy efficiency assessments and rebates, and development of a City composting site for landscape debris. Most (94%) of the funds provisionally approved on June 21st would be devoted to the two energy efficiency programs. City Council will consider these funding requests on second reading of Ordinance 081, 2016 during its meeting on July 19th.
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.
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.