(Feb. 15) – Speaker Crisanta Duran announced today that she has formed the House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility and named Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, as its chairman.
“Climate change threatens our Colorado way of life and our state must continue to lead on climate action,” Speaker Duran said. “Colorado has a huge interest in addressing this challenge, so I’m proud to announce the creation of the Select Committee on Climate Responsibility.”
“The science of climate change is indisputable, and its harmful effects will continue to impact our economy and inflict environmental damage,” said Rep. Hansen, who has a Ph.D. in economic geography. “I look forward to providing a forum that will help kick-start the solutions to the monumental challenges we face as a state.”
The Select Committee on Climate Responsibility will conduct hearings to examine the legislative and policy opportunities that will enable the state to meet the goals of the Colorado Climate Plan promulgated by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Facing federal efforts to roll back programs addressing the economic and environmental impacts of climate change, it is imperative that Colorado lead on this issue.
Speaker Duran also appointed Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, as vice chair and Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, to serve on the five-member committee. Its Republican members will be announced by the minority leadership.
Rep. Hansen scheduled the first meeting of the select committee for March 7.