(April 3) – Forging ahead with efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in Colorado, the House passed a bill today setting a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 80 percent from their 2005 levels.

HB18-1274, sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, would commit the state to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as called for in the Paris climate accords and in the Colorado Climate Plan first issued by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2017.

“Under the Trump administration, the federal government is actively rolling back efforts to combat climate change, so the states must take the lead,” Rep. Becker said. “Coloradans, by large margins, believe climate change is happening, they believe we should do something about it, and they believe we should be doing something about it now.”

“Colorado will be more impacted by climate change than many other states, and as such we have an obligation to do more about it than many other states,” Rep. Bridges said. “This bill is a strong step in that direction.”

The vote was 36-28, with every Republican voting, essentially, to deny climate change. HB18-1274 goes to the state Senate.

 

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