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    Coloradans have saved $550 million at the pump and avoided putting dangerous smog-forming pollutants into our air since the federal government adopted clean car standards in 2012. Despite having huge benefits for Coloradans’ pocketbooks and Colorado’s air, the Trump administration intends to roll back the clean car standards.


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    Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.


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    DENVER - The City and County of Denver ranks ninth for solar energy in a new report, landing it among the nation’s leaders for installing clean energy from the sun.


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    Denver’s transit agency, RTD, is one of the only large transit agencies in the country that has deployed electric buses in its fleet, reducing air pollution and saving money according to a new report on electric buses by Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center, CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group. RTD currently has 36 electric buses. If American transit agencies converted all of their buses to electric, the United States could save more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.


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  • 05/03/18--08:48: Electric Buses
  • Buses play a key role in in our nation’s transportation system, carrying millions of children daily to and from school and moving millions of Americans each day around our cities. Buses reduce the number of individual cars on our roads, make our communities more livable and sustainable, and provide transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.


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    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today announced an executive order directing Colorado air quality officials to begin a process to adopt state advanced clean car standards in response to the Trump administration’s expected rollback of federal rules. The governor’s executive order will make Colorado the first state in the interior of the country to chart the path of enacting these standards, and it will give Coloradans strong safeguards from air pollution caused by gasoline and diesel vehicles.


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    [GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.] – Just one week after Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order to begin the process of making Colorado the only interior state with cleaner cars standards, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center (RPC) released a new report detailing community-by-community impacts of air pollution on public health. The report, Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathe Polluted Air, analyzes Environmental Protection Agency records of air pollution levels across the state.


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  • 06/27/18--08:48: Trouble in the Air
  • People across America regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

    In 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality with the potential to harm human health. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” Millions more people in urban and rural areas experienced less frequent but still damaging levels of air pollution.


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  • 07/11/18--11:25: Renewables on the Rise 2018
  • Over the last decade, clean energy has grown by leaps and bounds. Technologies that can help America shift away from fossil fuels — like solar panels, wind turbines, LED light bulbs, energy storage and electric cars — have gone from novelties to core features of the nation's energy landscape.


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    “Climate change is no longer an issue that is happening somewhere else to someone else some time in the future,” said Emily Struzenberg, climate organizer with Environment Colorado. “It is here, happening right now, and it exacerbates drought and wildfire both of which acutely affect Colorado communities.”


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    One day, three decisions -- all of which may have far-reaching effects on plastic pollution in the United States.


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    After a landmark vote by its state Assembly, California is poised to join Hawaii and become the second state committed to generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources. If the state Senate votes in favor of the current version of Senate Bill 100, which has only minor changes to a bill the Senate already passed, and then Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, California will commit to a clear target of 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.  


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    The California state Senate passed Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) by today, affirming the state Assembly’s vote yesterday. SB 100, which would put the state on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.


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    California’s flagship public university system, with 238,000 students across 10 campuses, will run completely on electricity from clean, renewable energy by 2025, the University of California Office of the President announced today. The announcement, a first from one of the nation’s largest public university systems, builds on commitments from the UC system to mitigate climate change and meet carbon neutrality goals.


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    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) today, setting the Golden State on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045.


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    Kelsey Maxwell

    Environment Colorado Associate
    (303) 573-3871 ext. 386

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    DENVER - More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state, including Colorado, have signed on to Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities.


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    DENVER -- Today, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted unanimously to adopt the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program standards for cars and trucks.


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    DENVER -- Today, Xcel Energy announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. Garrett Garner-Wells, director of Environment Colorado, issued the following statement.


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    DENVER -- Today, and for the second time this week, a Colorado utility announced a goal of zeroing out its carbon emissions. The board of directors of the Platte River Power Authority, which is jointly owned by the communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, voted unanimously to commit to a goal of a 100 percent non-carbon resource mix by 2030.


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