DATE: September 14, 2021
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, welcomes President Biden to Colorado, and calls on his administration to follow through with bold solutions to confront human-caused climate change.

“We’re proud to be a stop on President Biden’s tour of the Western United States, as he surveys the administration’s successful amplification of the Defense Production Act for wildfire preparedness,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Sara Loflin. “Once again President Biden is demonstrating his commitment to taking on the climate crisis through resiliency, clean energy and jobs solutions.”

“As President Biden knows, the climate crisis has never been more urgent than it is today,” said Loflin. “Among Colorado’s beautiful vistas, Biden is sure to see telltale signs of this crisis’ destruction, like ‘100 year’ wildfire scars, the footprint of devastating mudslides, and ‘bathtub rings’ surrounding emptying reservoirs. It’s an unfortunate reality that our state is at the forefront of negative effects brought on by a changing climate.”

“We’re excited that President Biden’s signature Build Back Better Agenda contains so many visionary climate provisions,” said Loflin, “We hope to see the hard work of Colorado’s elected leadership reflected in the final product, like Congressman Joe Neguse’s historic Climate Corps and Senator Michael Bennet’s Outdoor Restoration Partnership Act. We hope that our Colorado leaders will continue to push innovative solutions in partnership with the President. These forward-thinking, practical plans will not just make huge leaps in halting the climate disaster, but will create meaningful jobs and a just transition for all Coloradans in the process.”

“While we appreciate the President’s plan to Build Back Better,” said Loflin, “President Biden must also take seriously the threat posed by fossil fuels, and reconsider reopening public lands to drilling. In particular, while here, Biden should halt the pending auction of drilling rights on public lands in Colorado and Wyoming. It’s a chance for President Biden to prove he is serious about confronting human-caused climate change, and stop enabling the very industry that continues to exacerbate this crisis.”