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Reader: What are our local officials doing to support climate-related issues?

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What is Congress doing to address our increasing disasters: massive flooding, uncontrollable wildfires and the most destructive tornadoes and supercell storms?

There's a movement afoot called #WeCanSolveThis, which is associated with The YEARS Project — a multimedia storytelling and educational effort designed to inform, empower and unite the world in the face of climate change. They highlight and share initiatives from various communities around the U.S. and world, such as how California has now met its goal four years early in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels.

In another example, Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican, has seen the destruction to his home state caused by extreme flooding, hurricanes and unprecedented heat. He now has a bill before Congress to impose a tax on carbon emissions which will make polluting so expensive it will force industries to create cleaner, cheaper alternatives and technologies. The ripple effect would also help create jobs nationally, free up tax dollars to help rebuild America's road and bridge infrastructure, and most importantly, get the ball rolling to create a long-term, comprehensive plan to slow and control the effects of climate change.

What are Colorado's elected officials doing to support such efforts or create unique solutions for our own climate-related issues?

As a senior citizen, mother, and grandmother, I get up every morning hoping I can do something relevant and effective to ensure our children have a sustainable quality of life, which looks increasingly at peril. It's high time all our Congresswomen and Congressmen, and especially our elected officials, create or get behind thoughtful and effective bills to ensure a sustainable future for all our children. We have the energy alternatives, we have the industry leaders and workers with expertise and ingenuity. What we need most urgently is the political will and leadership to get it done.

— Robin Izer

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