Support bold climate action in Colorado

Support bold climate action in Colorado

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Quinn Middleton started this petition to Governor Polis

Dear Governor Polis,

In November many of us in the technology and startup community of Colorado supported you in your successful campaign to become Governor. We are thrilled to have someone who understands important issues like artificial intelligence, net-neutrality, and cleantech making decisions that will impact the future of our industry and ecosystem in Colorado.

We believe that one of the most important and urgent issues to address this legislative session is climate change, and we want to voice our support for bold action on the most pressing problem of our time.

In order to avoid catastrophic climate change, scientists say we must reduce carbon pollution from 2005 levels at least 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. This will require bold policies that address everything from our grid—which you promised to transition to 100% renewable sources—to our transportation networks to the other large sources of emissions in the state of Colorado.

The risks of inaction, or even marginal progress, in the field of climate are clear. Recent wildfires in our state, record temperatures, and shortened winters are evidence of what we all know to be true: climate change poses an existential threat to our way of life and economy in Colorado.

We also see bold climate action as an opportunity to bolster Colorado’s growing tech ecosystem and create hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs in the state. Passing the nation’s most progressive and ambitious climate policy would also raise awareness for our state and show the rest of the country that we are leaders.

Innovation and progress require doing what few have done before. It takes leaders who are willing to stand by their principles, leaders willing to stand up to the critics and pundits who say it can’t be done, leaders like you. Bold climate action is far from a safe political move. But know that in acting on this important issue you will have the support of Colorado’s technology and startup community, a group that generates $43 billion in economic activity and represents 14% of the state’s economy.

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