At the Fort Collins City Council meeting held on January 3rd, 2017, one council member stated that he hesitated to endorse signing on to the Climate Mayor’s letter (see additional information posted below) because of the support that letter expresses for the Paris Climate Agreement. “My issue is we are not a partisan council,” he said. “I don’t want to be a partisan council.”
The Paris Climate Agreement is not a partisan document. It calls on signatories “to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels,” and to establish national emissions reduction targets supportive of the world-wide goal. The only “partisanship” issue associated with the Paris Climate Agreement is that the vast majority of Republicans in Congress oppose any federal action on climate change, despite the scientific consensus on the urgency of this problem.
Published in the Denver Post on December 31, 2016
Senator Ray Scott’s guest commentary and The Post’s editorial on December 24th run the limited gamut of Colorado power-elite thinking on climate action. Senator Scott is an outright climate change denier, while The Post expresses support for Governor John Hickenlooper’s recent draft executive order, which addresses power-sector CO2 emissions only.
Statement posted on November 17, 2016
In August of this year, City Manager Darin Atteberry announced that the City of Fort Collins would be rebranding its successful seventeen year old Climate Action Plan. He wrote that this was necessary because of concerns about costs and the “value laden or confusing ‘climate’ aspects of the name.”
The City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework received national and international recognition as a serious effort to address perhaps the most significant environmental crisis humanity has ever faced. Not only can Fort Collins show other cities the way forward in addressing the climate crisis, it can do this while realizing enormous economic benefits by reducing and ultimately eliminating its reliance on fossil fuels. According to the City’s own analysis, the Climate Action Plan will save Fort Collins residents and businesses between $800 Million and $2.2 Billion more than the Plan will cost by 2040, and those savings will grow exponentially after that.