Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives KC Becker states that the National Climate Assessment (NCA, 2018) tells us that “we have 12 years to act on climate or our planet will plunge into disaster.” More than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced this report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Another 2018 report, this one by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), also warns that we have only 12 years before devastating impacts of climate change become reality. The National Lawyers Guild writes, “IPCC report authors point to the complete transformation of the world economy within the next few years as the only hope for a sustainable future, placing the aims of environmentalism in direct opposition to the continuation of capitalism as the dominant global economic system.”
We need to act immediately and stop extracting all fossil fuels, which in Colorado means keeping oil/gas in the ground. Senate Bill 19-181 does not allow communities to ban fracking. SB 181 allows communities to direct the industry where to frack; but they will be fracked. SB 181 does not reduce oil and gas extraction, and, therefore, does not address the looming climate crisis. 181 does not eliminate forced pooling or state preemption of communities. It does not address environmental racism or provide money for the transition of oil and gas workers to the renewable fuel industry. With 181, the government-appointed COGCC will still be in charge of issuing drilling permits. Without allowing communities to ban fracking, people are just re-arranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic.
SB 181 doesn’t do anything significant to protect our health and safety.
I won’t compromise on the life of our grandchildren’s Earth.
John C. Lamb