Thursday, December 14, 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As part of a broader campaign to educate Coloradans on decisions being made in Washington that will negatively impact their communities, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, unveiled a billboard visible by heavy traffic on Interstate 70 headed west into the Rocky Mountains. The billboard calls out Sen. Cory Gardner for his vote to overrule protections against wasteful methane air pollution from oil and gas production sites. The billboard uses the same theme of young girl playing outside in a respirator mask as a video earlier released by ProgressNow Colorado, and will be seen by over 214,000 people each week through early January. [1]

“Colorado voters need to know that Cory Gardner voted against clean air,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Colorado has strong protections against wasteful methane emissions, which cost everyone money in lost revenues and contribute strongly to global climate change. Not only did Cory Gardner vote to undermine his own state’s sensible rules, this was a vote to hurt everyone in the West since air pollution doesn’t respect state lines.”

On May 10th, 2017 Sen. Cory Gardner voted yes on the motion to proceed on H.J. Res. 36, an attempt to overrule an important Bureau of Land Management natural gas waste rule. The BLM’s rule to reduce methane waste from oil and gas production on our taxpayer-owned public lands cuts waste, ensures a fair return to taxpayers, and helps clean up our air for future generations. A bipartisan poll by Colorado College found that 80 percent of Westerners support action to cut natural gas waste on public lands, and a diverse array of western stakeholders supported the BLM natural gas waste rule.

“Cory Gardner voted in the interests of the fossil fuel industry that supported his campaign, not Coloradans,” said Silverii. “Every year, millions of tons of methane from oil and gas production is vented into the atmosphere along with other toxic chemicals. Research has proven that the industry’s wasteful and harmful practices are both shortening lives and reducing the quality of life for residents who live near wells. And the threat of climate change hastened by methane emissions threatens every one of us.”

“Coloradans deserve to know why Cory Gardner voted against clean air,” said Silverii.