Colorado Officials Welcome Feds Back as Climate Partners

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As President Joe Biden meets with world leaders on Earth Day to reaffirm America’s commitment to addressing climate change, Colorado officials say it’s good to have the federal government back as a partner. Steve Child, a member of the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners, believes Biden’s American Jobs Plan will help the state ensure a just transition for fossil-fuel sector workers. Biden’s plan also directs at least 40% of investments to communities of color and others disproportionately impacted by pollution. “We need to put the money on the main street here by getting jobs to those people who really need the jobs,” Child contended. “I think it’s important to target different disadvantaged populations.” Nearly 40% of the electricity it delivers to mountain towns now comes from renewable sources, and the company said it will reach 100 percent by 2030. He added a clean-energy economy will reduce carbon emissions driving climate change, and rein in staggering health-care costs associated with pollution. “We need to put the money on the main street here by getting jobs to those people who really need the jobs,” Child contended.

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