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We Must Use Money to Reduce Carbon Emissions & Protect Families

I have previously blogged about an important ballot measure 112 in Colorado which will increase setbacks for oil & gas drilling. The industry is so afraid this referendum might pass that their PAC has spent more than $33 million to defeat it. And their reasoning is a loss of jobs and school funding.

It makes you think; how many jobs could be created with $33 million? How many raises? How many gifts to local schools needing resources?

The families who put this measure on the ballot sit at ground zero for where the oil & gas industry wants to drill. Their concerns are pretty basic: to reduce the potential increase in air and water pollution a proven problem in drilling areas, particularly those used for fracking which is one of the dirtiest drilling processes. According to the Denver Post, Colorado Rising, the committee leading the effort on 112 has highlighted more than a dozen fires, leaks and explosions since 2017, several of which have been deadly.

Let’s look at this issue another way. On Oct. 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a 700-page report as part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, stating that the world needs to enact substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to avoid temperature increases above 1.5°C that could cause extreme heat, drought, floods, and poverty.

When President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement in 2017, he argued that the required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions had imposed "draconian financial and economic burdens" on the United States and created "serious obstacles" to energy development.

Colorado is one of the leading states for creating jobs in renewable energy, the direction our state and the rest of the country must move if we are ever going to have a chance to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our overuse of oil & gas.

I hope that voters will send a clear message by rejecting the oil & gas industry’s obvious short-term greed and voting yes on 112. But this will be a tough one. The oil & gas industry, using a game plan from Trump and the NRA, is confusing the issue to confuse voters. I will report on the results of our Colorado election and what affects our decisions may have on this state and our planet.

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