Letter to the editor: Vote green, not Gardner

Posted 9/16/20

Vote green, not Gardner I spent this Labor Day weekend taking in the views of three of Colorado’s iconic fourteeners in the San Juan Mountains. I couldn’t have asked for better hiking weather — …

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Letter to the editor: Vote green, not Gardner

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Vote green, not Gardner

I spent this Labor Day weekend taking in the views of three of Colorado’s iconic fourteeners in the San Juan Mountains. I couldn’t have asked for better hiking weather — clear skies, comfortable temperatures and no afternoon thunderstorms. That all changed Monday, when I drove back to Denver amid a thick blanket of ash. Later that evening, the temperature plummeted 60 degrees, and the ash turned to snow.

It isn’t normal to go from record high temperatures in the 90s and 100s straight into a snowstorm in early September. And it certainly isn’t normal to watch uncontrollable wildfires destroy our beautiful state. But it will become Colorado’s new normal if our federal elected leaders don’t face the facts and take action now to tackle climate change.

Our best chance to fight back and change course is by sending John Hickenlooper to the Senate. As governor, he helped Colorado take groundbreaking action to combat the climate crisis, expanding public transit and shifting the state toward renewable energy. He’ll do the same as our senator.

Cory Gardner’s environmental record is abysmal, despite his recent efforts to greenwash it. He has stood silent while the Trump administration has rolled back myriad environmental rules, and voted to appoint a former coal lobbyist to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cory Gardner has made it clear that he’s not willing to fight for the future of Colorado. We deserve a senator that will preserve what’s great about our state. We must elect John Hickenlooper in November.

Ross Sherman

Denver

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