Phantom Canyon Preserve protects four miles of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado's Laramie Foothills.
Colorado's Phantom Canyon Phantom Canyon Preserve protects four miles of the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado's Laramie Foothills. © © Tom Thorpe

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Colorado Lawmakers Pass Landmark Bill to Address Climate Change

House Bill 19-1261, "Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution," sets ambitious goals for reducing carbon.

Denver, CO

On May 1, 2019, Colorado’s state legislature passed House Bill 19-1261, “Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution”. This ambitious bill sets goals for Colorado to reduce carbon pollution across the state’s economy 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. The bill will be sent to Governor Polis for signing.

“We are thrilled to see Colorado take such a big step forward in passing the Climate Action Plan,” said Carlos Fernandez, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. “Climate change is an urgent problem that is already causing serious impacts in our state. HB19-1261 will tackle the problem head-on by setting goals rooted in science to cut carbon pollution from every sector of our economy.”

The bill directs the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to work with stakeholders to find solutions for reducing pollution and advancing clean energy innovation.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has a 68-year history rooted in science and collaborative problem-solving to protect nature and people. TNC’s support for this bill is part of the organization’s 50-state approach to tackling the root causes of climate change. 

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