Addressing the Climate Crisis
It isn’t hard to see how dramatically the climate crisis has impacted Colorado. In 2020, we saw historically large wildfires across the state, including a few in our Third District. The scale and intensity of these fires is increasing rapidly as our state experiences unprecedented drought conditions and rising temperatures. Our global dependence on carbon-emitting fossil fuels isn’t sustainable, and it’s costing too many hardworking Coloradans their homes and livelihoods.
We need massive investment in our energy infrastructure in order to reach 100% clean, renewable energy and transportation by 2030. This is an ambitious goal, but the time has passed for middle-of-the-road solutions. Americans alive right now have a duty to stop this existential crisis so that we leave a livable world for future generations — which is why we need to take bold steps now.
But there is simply no path forward that doesn’t include the nearly 40,000 Coloradans whose jobs currently depend on fossil fuels, which is why any legislation I support in Congress will include a just transition for energy workers:
- Guaranteed pay for 5 years for any displaced workers
- Priority in hiring for new renewable energy jobs
- Strong union jobs with high pay and good benefits
- Relocation assistance and job training
- Pension support
Solving the climate crisis means a stronger economy for Colorado, and a brighter future for generations to come.
Water is life.
Too often, the water sources in our communities are being used as dumping grounds for big industry — and it’s making people sick. But they aren’t polluting wealthy neighborhoods. Industrial pollution is impacting poor communities all across our state because massive corporations don’t think people have the power to stop them. I’m running to tell them they’re wrong.
We need to hold polluters accountable to make sure Colorado’s water stays clean; we need to make sure our precious water is going to the families and farms who need it the most. Coloradans’ lives and livelihoods are on the line, and we need to protect our water at all cost.