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A recent article in your local paper discussed Governor Hickenlooper’s new plans for climate action in Colorado. The plan includes monitoring water quality, investing in renewable energy, and researching heat-related diseases. Climate leadership like this is desperately needed from ALL our elected officials—including the ones representing us in Washington.
We’ve prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action’s Letter to the Editor of the Aurora Sentinel and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in CO-6!
Letter to the Editor: Colorado is a climate leader -- but we could be doing more to protect our communities.
Dear Editor of the Aurora Sentinel,
As explained in a recent article, Governor Hickenlooper is taking decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, encourage renewable energy sources, and study heat-related disease vectors. These are great examples of climate action and great leadership -- leadership that needs to be echoed in the U.S. Congress.That's why it's more important than ever that Representative Mike Coffman takes decisive action to combat rising global temperatures and hazardous pollution in our air and water. But this can only happen if our leaders -- including Representative Mike Coffman -- stand in support of climate action, rather than against it. For example, the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Rep. Coffman to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of Colorado by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Coffman wants to keep Colorado's economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, he will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of Colorado first.