Tipton should join climate caucus

Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:24 PM

I thank Rep. Tipton for his hard work for Western Colorado. His consistent message of environmental stewardship parallels my concerns for preserving our clean air, water, and land for future generations.

With the cost of wind and solar power now lower than fossil fuels, even natural gas, Colorado is rapidly transitioning the "all of the above" energy mix to a much higher percentage of clean renewables. This transition translates to more jobs and economic growth for our communities in Western Colorado for years to come. I welcome clean renewables' low carbon footprint, especially in light of our recent devastating droughts and costly wildfires exacerbated by carbon pollution.

To continue Tipton's environmental stewardship, I encourage him to join the bipartisan Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus and represent Western Colorado's efforts to address the harmful effects of Carbon Pollution. Colorado's summer and winter tourism have been crippled by a warming climate.

Our agriculture is thirsty for relief from water shortages and ever increasing heat. I'm sure his representation in the caucus would be greatly appreciated by our diverse and hard working Western Colorado communities.

Ed Atkinson