The City of Fort Collins has been dedicated to climate protection since 1997, when our first climate committee developed a plan that was passed by City Council in 1999. That plan was called “City of Fort Collins Local Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Subsequent plans have been named the “Climate Action Plan” (CAP). Since 1999, our plans have been updated twice to reflect recent climate science.
Other cities, counties, states, and provinces have adopted their own plans. Below are a few, and their titles.
Published in NMPolitics.net on February 6, 2017
COMMENTARY: Ten years ago I wrote an op-ed titled “The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change.” Unfortunately, this op-ed can be republished today without modification. To look across the breadth of a full decade and realize how insignificant our progress has been on what was clearly then (and is still) a growing socio-economic and environmental catastrophe is unconscionable. Yes, over the last 10 years we have made significant progress on the science of climate change. But the most pressing issue 10 years ago was not the physical assessment of climate change impacts, but rather the creation of the political will and policy solutions needed to address or mitigate those impacts. Over the last decade the United States has been moving steadily away from a position of international leadership for crafting comprehensive policy frameworks. To be blunt, our government is failing us.
Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on January 28, 2017
Thumbs up to the Fort Collins City Council for voting on January 17th to endorse a letter sent by a group of “Climate Mayors” to President Trump. The letter calls on Trump to provide funding for transit- and energy-related infrastructure improvements, to continue offering tax credits for electric vehicles, renewables, and other clean technologies, and to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement.