Comments on Colorado’s Pollution Reduction Roadmap

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Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on Colorado’s Pollution Reduction Roadmap (the Roadmap).

Earthworks is a national nonprofit organization committed to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. For nearly 30 years, we have fulfilled our mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions, and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.

Earthworks’ comments are focused on the section of the Roadmap related to the oil and gas sector and the imperative of reducing pollution from the industry, for the sake of both the climate and health. The following is in addition to Earthworks’ comments as submitted by Earthjustice (the Earthjustice comments).

We emphasize the growing scientific consensus that fossil fuel pollution must be greatly curtailed to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, including by restricting oil and gas production.1 We also highlight Governor Polis’ recent statement that, “levels of ground-level ozone…are on the rise, with the oil and gas industry as a major contributor of the components that combine to create the pollution. These impacts are especially felt in vulnerable populations like the elderly, children, low-income communities, and communities of color.”

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Comments submitted by email to: coloradoenergyoffice@state.co.us