Tell CDOT: Highway Expansion is Climate Change Denial

Tell CDOT: Highway Expansion is Climate Change Denial

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Evan Derby started this petition to CDOT Citizen Advocate Gina Talmadge Colorado Department of Transportation

As Colorado residents, we have seen the impact that climate change has taken on the environment we care so dearly about: huge wildfires, extreme droughts, and toxic smog are now an unwelcome, but regular part of our lives. Climate Change is real. We must do something about it. We have only a few years to dramatically reduce our emission levels or face unprecedented climate catastrophe.

In the United States, and in Colorado as well, transportation – cars & trucks on highways & streets – is the largest source of climate changing emissions. Part of fighting climate change must be to reign in how much we drive. However, CDOT and other agencies in the state are still planning on building and expanding more highways, effectively ensuring that we will accelerate climate change.

Highway expansion does not solve anyone's problems. It does not reduce emissions levels, make drivers or their passengers safer, or even actually relieve traffic congestion. Adding more lanes to a road will always result in more traffic, a well-studied phenomenon known as "induced demand." If CDOT goes ahead with more lanes and more highways in Colorado, there will be more traffic, more emissions, and little hope for a livable future on this planet.

I want to stop climate change because I want my children and their children to be able to live in a stable world, one not threatened by extreme natural disaster, food scarcity, and mass species extinction. We still have time to reverse our course with climate change – but not without immediate and drastic action.

Join me to demand that CDOT NOT EXPAND ANY HIGHWAYS IN COLORADO. DOING SO IS STEALING OUR FUTURE.

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