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Moms Know Best have a billboard message for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner

Author: Joey Bunch - June 13, 2017 - Updated: June 13, 2017

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Colorado Moms Know Best
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Colorado Moms Know Best and Moms Clean Air Force are sending a message to Sen. Cory Gardner. If you’re driving in Colorado Springs, the message might be hard to miss. The groups are unveiling billboards Wednesday objecting to the senator’s vote on national methane capture rules.

Colorado Politics told you about this Republican-led repeal that would allow methane releases as it started winding through Congress back in February. The U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to reject a resolution, technically killing the bill in May. Colorado’s senior senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, opposed the repeal of the clean air rules on methane emissions from oil and gas rigs on public lands.

In the big picture, the billboard might be accurate, but on the vote itself it’s technically inaccurate.

“We are asking: Who is Senator Gardner working for?” said Jen Clanahan, “head mom” of Colorado Moms Know Best. “Instead of looking out for our kids, Gardner voted with national polluters that want to reverse air quality protections. But he should remember who he represents — the people of Colorado. We hope that next time he’ll listen to the people that hired him and will vote to protect our kids’ air. … One in 12 Colorado kids have asthma and a large portion of our population is living with failing air quality.

“The American Lung Association recently released their latest ‘State of the Air’ report, grading counties with a report card. Alarmingly, we’re failing: El Paso County received an F grade. Given this dire news, the senator must be held accountable for his vote for smog and polluted air.”

The billboards are at:

  • 902 S. Tejon St.
  • East Pikes Peak Avenue at Wahsatch Avenue.
  • Northbound Interstate 25 near the Fountain exit.

The groups said El Paso County was picked because it is one of the nine worst counties for air quality in the state, with the largest city in that group.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify the nature of the May vote. The Moms also corrected their original announcement on where one of the billboards is located.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.


2 comments

  • M. Courtney

    June 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Would this be a good time to point out that the World Health Organization (WHO) rated the USA as one of the least polluted countries, as far as air quality goes?
    I think its fantastic news, as the USA has done so much to improve our air quality and should definitely be taken into inconsideration, as the context of this article goes. The EPA rule on methane is seen by many as over-regulation, on top of so many other regulations that have had the desired effect on our air quality. We all want clean air, but over-regulation does more to kill economies than it does to clean our air.

    http://gamapserver.who.int/gho/interactive_charts/phe/oap_exposure/atlas.html

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  • Jerry Stubben

    June 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Republican health plan will not cover suck preexisting conditions.

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