Ku­dos to Hick­en­looper for ex­ec­u­tive or­der on cli­mate tar­gets

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Chris­tian Oggel, Re: Sam Mamet,

“State joins ex­pand­ing coali­tion com­mit­ted to green­house-gas re­duc­tions set in treaty,” July 12 news story.

Thank you to Gov. John Hick­en­looper for join­ing state and mu­nic­i­pal ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change. Tran­si­tion­ing to a car­bon-free econ­omy is in the best in­ter­est of Colorado for both the short and the long term.

This will help the state be­come a leader in new en­ergy tech­nolo­gies and pre­serve the alpine en­vi­ron­ments we de­pend on and make Colorado fa­mous. We have more work ahead of us, but this is an im­por­tant first step.

“Hick­en­looper’s goal a good one,” July 13 ed­i­to­rial.

There are some other as­pects of Gov. John Hick­en­looper’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der not men­tioned in your ed­i­to­rial worth not­ing from a lo­cal com­mu­nity per­spec­tive:

A grow­ing num­ber of cities and towns are in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions. The state has been an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in pro­mot­ing this. The devel­op­ment of a statewide elec­tric ve­hi­cle plan over the months makes good sense.

En­cour­ag­ing a ro­bust part­ner­ship be­tween the state and cities and towns on lo­cally led cli­mate re­silience ac­tions is a great idea. An ex­change of best prac­tices across the state is one way to ac­com­plish this, and the state can help fa­cil­i­tate this.

Fi­nally, per­haps one of the gover­nor’s most im­por­tant goals is to work with lo­cal lead­ers from com­mu­ni­ties es­pe­cially im­pacted by the chang­ing en­ergy land­scape. No com­mu­nity should be left be­hind, and their de­sires should be acknowledged, re­spected and sup­ported.

We look for­ward to help­ing Hick­en­looper im­ple­ment these kinds of ini­tia­tives. The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Colorado Mu­nic­i­pal League.

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