(Feb. 4) – A bill by Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, to add teeth to the state climate action plan passed the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee on a party-line vote this afternoon.
HB16-1004 requires the state’s climate action plan to include goals to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions or increase our ability to respond to the effects of climate change. This crucial step will help Colorado do its fair share to combat climate change and push our state to be a leader in environmental protection.
“Colorado has been a leader in addressing climate change,” said Rep. Winter. “We have to address climate change to protect our Colorado way of life—from our ski resorts, our rivers and streams, to all of our great outdoors. And I think by adding specific goals we will see better health outcomes for our citizens.”
“I’m always happy to carry bills that come out of the good ideas of my constituents,” said Rep. Arndt. “Fort Collins has passed one of the most aggressive climate action plans in the entire United States and I want Colorado to continue to be a leader.”
“A good business plan includes goals,” said Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo. “This climate action plan doesn’t have any goals. So what this bill does is add goals in to our state’s plan to tackle climate change.” Republican committee members repeatedly expressed skepticism of climate change.
Over an hour of testimony in support of the bill included representatives from the Sierra Club, concerned citizens, an Iraq war veteran, ordained ministers and members of the faith community, a high school student, a small business owner, and various environmental organizations.
The 7-6 vote sends the bill to the House floor.