For so many of us, our parks are what make our state so special. But right now, they’re being harmed by air pollution and a rapidly changing climate. This past year, Colorado experienced some of the worst forest fires in recent memory. With fire season being 78 days longer on average than in 1970, global warming has made wildfires more frequent and is a threat to our favorite landscapes.
To ensure our communities and wild places stay protected, we need cleaner air and a stable climate. That will require us to address transportation — right now, the way we get around is our largest source of global warming emissions, in Colorado and the U.S.
Though electric cars are growing in popularity, consumers are still concerned about finding a place to charge. Colorado has made a commitment to expanding the use of electric vehicles with a goal of nearly 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 — a great step in the right direction. But we as a state are falling behind on meeting our charging needs, as EV sales far outpace the installation of charging stations.
Some of the places where we’re not seeing nearly enough charging stations are the very parks and public lands that electric vehicles would help protect. Since people charge their electric vehicles when they are parked, a lack of infrastructure near hiking trails means many folks suffer from range anxiety — the fear that they’ll run out of juice on the way back from a day on our public lands.