Result

Clean Air, Clean Jobs bill becomes law

In 2010, we took a giant step toward replacing dirty, coal-fired power plants with cleaner sources of energy when then-Gov. Ritter signed the Clean Air, Clean Jobs bill into law. We helped write the bill and forget the agreement, which will help keep the Brown Cloud away from the Front Range and bring tangible health benefits to millions of Coloradans.

Result

At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

After Environment Colorado and our sister organizations delivered more than 10,000 public comments in support of cleaner cars, President Obama announced a plan to double national fuel-efficiency standards by 2025: the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

Result

Conservation tax credit defended

The Conservation Easement Tax Credit – a valuable incentive for landowners to preserve their property as open space – was renewed in 2010 thanks in part to our efforts. When state legislators threatened to end the program in response to the state’s budget woes, we helped convince them that Colorado’s open spaces are too important to sacrifice.

Result

No toxic mining near the Grand Canyon

One million acres of land on the Grand Canyon’s borders are off-limits to new uranium mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law – thanks in part to Environment Colorado. Together with our national federation, we helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, lobbied on Capitol Hill and released research that helped convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect the Grand Canyon from new toxic mining claims.

Result

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

America has more than doubled its use of wind power since the beginning of 2008 and we are starting to reap the environmental rewards. Wind energy now displaces about 68 million metric tons of global warming pollution each year — as much as is produced by 13 million cars.

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