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Climate change demands real answers
Here in Colorado, the reality of climate change continues to make itself felt. Even a year with good snowfall won't change our path toward a drier and hotter climate with more fires, more flooding and more extreme weather events.
The reality of climate change comes with a steep cost to the residents of communities like ours and the rest of the Denver Metro region.
The inconsistent (and increasingly warmer) winters harm Colorado's recreation and agricultural economy. Beetle infestations contribute to devastating fires which then contribute to massive erosion problems, forcing communities downstream to pick up the tab of treating sediment-overloaded water.
Climate change impacts the health of our community with higher rates of heat stroke, longer and more severe hay fever seasons and air pollution problems caused by ground level ozone and the forest fire smoke. And on and on.
Northglenn and Westminster are working hard to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and protect our economic and community health in the years to come but our local efforts will not be sufficient if the state doesn't step up.
Our state legislators understand these threats and have been supporting a variety of important bills. Collectively, these will reduce carbon pollution, blunt the impacts of climate change and help the communities transitioning away from coal-based economies.
We want to thank Senators Priola and Winter and Representatives Mullica and Caraveo for taking these threats so seriously and we want to encourage them to get these bills over the finish line in the weeks ahead.
Sheela Mahnke, Westminster City Council
Jenny Willford, Northglenn City Council
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