Saturday, December 7, 2019

Capitol Letters: Pausing to say Thank You

We owe our hard-working elected representatives a debt of gratitude.

Capitol Letters: A Change of Climate

Longmont is listed among Michael Bloomberg’s We Are Still In directory of cities still committed to meeting or exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accords, despite the so far unrealized threat that the U.S. will withdraw from the Accords. [According to the agreement, we actually can’t withdraw until the year 2020, officially.]

Capitol Letters: Protecting Public Welfare

Around 6:00pm on the evening of Tuesday, March 5 found me barreling north on I-25, hoping to reach the City Council chambers in Longmont by seven o’clock when the Council Meeting was scheduled to begin.

Capitol Letters

The 2019 Colorado State Legislative Session began last week. This week committees will begin hearing bills, and referring them on to consideration by other committees, or to be debated by the full House or Senate.

Capitol Letters: Preemption and Points of View

We're following SB19-181, newly titled CONCERNING ADDITIONAL PUBLIC WELFARE PROTECTIONS REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS.

Impact: Longmont

Take House Bill 1261, "Climate Action Bill to Reduce Pollution." It is an aspirational bill, setting goals to reduce Colorado's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but not specifying how it will be done.

Capitol Letters: De-Brucification

*Colorado’s economy*, according to a Business Insider ranking from January 19th, is 5th (from the top) among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Pretty good. So how is it that our roads are such a mess and in PK through grade 12 education US News puts us in the bottom half of states, at #30?

Capitol Letters: Impact: Longmont

But last month Impact: Longmont told us that that one way for Colorado to achieve the 53% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions it needs by the year 2030 involves reducing total vehicle tailpipe emissions by 1/3.

Capitol Letters: The City, the State, and the Fed

...it seems like a good time to talk about ethics and the separation of powers.
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