Sarah Woodmansee: Why should we care about greenhouse gas emissions?
The television channels are filled with ads talking about Colorado greenhouse gas emissions and how stringent they are, but I wanted to know, what are greenhouse gases, and why should we care about them?
As carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and water vapor emissions increase in the atmosphere, the process of atmospheric cooling is reduced, and air temperatures increase. With increased air temperatures, more water vapor and other gases are emitted from the earth’s surface into the atmosphere, making it harder for the atmosphere to cool.
Increasing levels of these atmospheric gasses are generated by some human activities like decomposing garbage, operating trucks and automobiles, burning fuels for power generation, wildfires and land conversion. Science has shown that these gases have been and are increasing, adding to Earth’s heating and weather dynamics. These emissions are contributing to the harmful effects of increased ozone, more wildfires, the frequency and severity of weather events, drought and financial losses due to lost recreational opportunities.
We can reduce some emissions and our Colorado Legislature, through HB 18-1274, is currently proposing to reduce them by 80 percent by the year 2050. The bill proposes to spur innovation to less polluting technologies and transitioning to a more resilient and economically vibrant economy.
Please support this bill by contacting Colorado Sen. Randy Baumgardner at 303-866-5292 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham at 303-866-4877 or email@example.com. Urge them to allow this bill to receive a full and fair airing and to support it when it comes up for a vote.
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