DENVER - More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state, including Colorado, have signed on to Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities.
“Climate change is no longer an issue that is happening somewhere else to someone else some time in the future,” said Emily Struzenberg, climate organizer with Environment Colorado. “It is here, happening right now, and it exacerbates drought and wildfire both of which acutely affect Colorado communities.”
[GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.] – Just one week after Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order to begin the process of making Colorado the only interior state with cleaner cars standards, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center (RPC) released a new report detailing community-by-community impacts of air pollution on public health. The report, Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathe Polluted Air, analyzes Environmental Protection Agency records of air pollution levels across the state.
People across America regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
In 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality with the potential to harm human health. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” Millions more people in urban and rural areas experienced less frequent but still damaging levels of air pollution.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today announced an executive order directing Colorado air quality officials to begin a process to adopt state advanced clean car standards in response to the Trump administration’s expected rollback of federal rules. The governor’s executive order will make Colorado the first state in the interior of the country to chart the path of enacting these standards, and it will give Coloradans strong safeguards from air pollution caused by gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Buses play a key role in in our nation’s transportation system, carrying millions of children daily to and from school and moving millions of Americans each day around our cities. Buses reduce the number of individual cars on our roads, make our communities more livable and sustainable, and provide transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.
Denver’s transit agency, RTD, is one of the only large transit agencies in the country that has deployed electric buses in its fleet, reducing air pollution and saving money according to a new report on electric buses by Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center, CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group. RTD currently has 36 electric buses. If American transit agencies converted all of their buses to electric, the United States could save more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Coloradans have saved $550 million at the pump and avoided putting dangerous smog-forming pollutants into our air since the federal government adopted clean car standards in 2012. Despite having huge benefits for Coloradans’ pocketbooks and Colorado’s air, the Trump administration intends to roll back the clean car standards.