Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper was heard from quite possibly the state’s shortest lobbyists, more than two dozen kids assembled by the group Colorado Moms Know Best to thank him for supporting clean-air programs.
They cited, most recently, his executive order in May to keep Colorado in step with goals of the Paris climate accord, as President Trump pulled the nation out of the voluntary global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
And they gave the governor a singing telegram. Are you ready for this? Here are the words to “This Air is Your Air,” respect to Woody Guthrie.
This Air is your Air
This Air is my Air
We need to take care
Reduce our Carbon Footprint
Wind and Solar Power
Is all around us
This air is shared by you and me
This State is your State
This State is my State
From the Rockies and Basins
To the Mesas beyond them
For being a leader
Clean Energy and air for you and me!
A professional telegram singer, Randi Sunshine (that’s her real name), in a sun costume, signifying renewable energy, lead the chorus for clean-air.
According to an account of what happened from the organization, “head mom” Jen Clanahan gave the governor a basket of candy.
“As moms, rewarding good behavior with treats comes naturally to us,” she said in a statement. “Our number one concern is our children so we do everything in our power to ensure the best environment for our kids, whether that’s the school they go to, their safety or the very air they breathe.”
The moms noted that the American Lung Association’s most recent
“State of the Air Report” flunked 10 Colorado counties, particularly in metro Denver.
“Pollution leads to respiratory and other ailments, and children are one of the groups most at risk of the impacts of poor air quality,” the organization said in a release. “That means hundreds of thousands of children live every day in dirty air that threatens their health.
Through phone calls, letters and petitions Colorado Moms has has pushed the climate change issue at the Capitol, even creating a climate change adopted by the Girl Scouts of Colorado. The life-sized statue of horse in the lobby of the Governor’s Office, the Moms did that.
“The stakes are too high and we can’t do it all alone so we count on our elected officials to protect public health,” Clanahan said. “Gov. Hickenlooper’s actions show that he is serious about his declaration that Colorado should have the cleanest air in the country. We’re counting on him to follow through with the state’s commitments and today we pledge our support to take the necessary steps to do so.”
The American Lung Association’s State of Air Report this week said the Denver-Aurora area and Fort Collins still have some of the worst air in the country. Generation Latino thinks ozone should rise above politics. Though the numbers are improving, Denver still ranks 11th for the worst ozone pollution in the country, and Fort Collins is […]
… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … Take that President Bill Clinton! With Chuck Berry presiding as Speaker of the Colorado House, the Republican majority House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee amended and then proceeded to methodically pass a contentious anti-abortion bill sponsored by state Rep. Barry Arrington, R-Arvada, to ban what he — backed by Christian conservatives who praised Arrington for the measure — called "partialbirth abortions."
HB 97-1136, passed after an extensive cross examination by Arrington of Dr. Warren Hern, director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic. The bill made it a misdemeanor, punishable with jail time, for a physician to abort a fetus during a partial birth abortion.
Backers of Initiated Ordinance 300 (I-300), a City and County of Denver measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would allow marijuana consumption in some private establishments, unveiled a billboard Monday to promote voter approval of the measure.
The billboard, located at 489 Lincoln St., reads “Now that adult use is legal… Permit it in some private places. Prevent it in these public spaces.” An arrow points to an image of a lounge, where the initiative would allow marijuana consumption; another arrow points down to the sidewalk, where consumption would remain illegal.
Sure, why not triple the state cigarette tax, as Amendment 72 on the Colorado ballot proposes?
It’s no bucks out of my billfold, and look who's for it: Every goodthink organization you can think of, from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado right through the (huh?) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1.
No more “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” in this man’s army, apparently.