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Protect Colorado’s Forests from New Coal Mining

Tell the Forest Service not to give Arch Coal, a company that today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy,  access to 19,000 acres of pristine, roadless National Forest for new coal mining.

Devastating Numbers

  • New mines would give the nation’s second largest coal company access to 170 million tons of publicly-owned coal
  • Coal would release 485 million tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere along with millions of cubic feet of methane emissions
  • The Forest Service’s own analysis estimates $13 billion in environmental and economic damages

Keep Colorado's Forests Untouched and Its Coal in the Ground

Dear U.S. Forest Service,
We the undersigned write to urge you to withdraw your proposal to open areas protected under the Colorado Roadless Rule to new coal mining.

The numbers associated with this proposal are devastating:

- Over 19,000 acres of pristine forest opened to new mining
- Allowing Arch Coal to access to 170 million tons of coal that, when burnt, send 486 million tons of carbon pollution into our atmosphere
- According to your own analysis, this carbon pollution would result in $13 billion in environmental and economic damages

This proposal flies in the face of the administration’s aim of reducing carbon emissions by 26%. After the Paris conference, leadership is needed to end new fossil fuel leases. China has announced a 3 year ban on new coal leases. The administration should begin to take steps to end fossil fuel leasing entirely: leaving the Colorado Roadless Rule intact would be an important first step.

The North Fork Valley is home to some Colorado’s most beautiful landscapes. Please keep Colorado’s forests untouched for future generations and keep Colorado’s coal where it belongs: in the ground. Please reject this dangerous loophole and keep Colorado’s Roadless rule intact.

Thank you for your consideration,

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Keep Our Forests Untouched

Explore the area around Paonia, and you’ll find some of the Western Slope’s most beautiful country. That’s why in 2012, the area was included in 4.2 million acres of National Forest that were set aside under the Colorado Roadless Rule.

The Roadless Rule was intended to conserve Colorado’s forest for future generations but a Forest Service proposal threatens to give Arch Coal access to thousands of acres of roadless National Forest for new mines.

Keep Coal in the Ground

China recently announced a 3 year ban on new coal mining. The Obama administration should also halt new coal leases, but these new mines would give Arch Coal access to 170 million tons of publicly-owned coal. When burned, this coal would release 485 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere along with millions of cubic feet of methane emissions.

We have until January 15th to tell the Forest Service: keep our forests untouched and keep this coal in the ground! Act now to protect Colorado’s forests from new coal mining.

“Ultimately, if we’re gonna prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re gonna have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground.” – President Obama, upon rejecting the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

Tell Congress to Renew Wind and Solar Tax Credits

The Opportunity

The renewal of tax credits for wind and solar has become a real possibility as Congressional leaders will vote this week to approve a deal on spending and tax credits before leaving the capital for holiday recess.

The Need

The solar investment tax credit and the wind production tax credit have helped to spur unprecedented job growth and significant investments in clean energy. An expiration of these tax credits would mean a painful contraction of both industries, at a time when the action to mitigate climate change – and the nation’s economic health – can ill afford a major setback.

More information regarding the tax credits can be found below the petition on this page.

Take Action

The solar investment tax credit and the wind production tax credit that Clean Energy Action and allies supported were both extended as part of a broad deal on tax credits and spending. The solar and wind tax credits are expected to increase wind and solar installations by 39 GW over the next 5 years.

More Information on the Solar Investment Tax Credit

The investment tax credit provides a 30% tax credit on the total cost of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar installations. It provides individuals or businesses involved with a solar project a dollar-for-dollar reduction in income taxes. The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association has a wealth of information on the success of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), including these highlights:

  • In the last 4 years, solar employment has nearly doubled (it’s up 86%)
  • Solar installations have increased 1600% since the ITC was implemented in 2006
  • A 5 year renewal of the ITC is projected to add 95 GW of solar energy to the U.S. grid.

More Information on the Wind Production Tax Credit

The production tax credit (PTC) is a performance-based tax incentive providing $.023 for each kilowatt hour generated by wind energy. The PTC illustrates the need for a long-term extension for both tax policies: when Congress failed to renew the PTC in 2013, wind installations fell 92% and 30,000 workers lost their jobs. Furthermore, the wind PTC has been renewed for 1 or 2 year periods, leading to a lack of long-term visibility for the wind industry. Still, the PTC has been instrumental in providing huge benefits to our economy and our environment. According to the American Wind Energy Association’s site, the PTC delivered enormous growth in wind energy and savings for consumers:

  • Nearly 30% of new generating capacity  in the last 5 years has come from wind
  • Wind now accounts for 4.4% of U.S. electricity
  • Wind has saved consumers billions of dollars in fuel costs, including $2 billion in savings over 2 days in 2014’s  as the “Polar Vortex” disrupted natural gas supplies in the Midwest

For more information on the PTC, visit the American Wind Energy Association’s website.

Encyclical to Action

Nov. 23, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO 80221
A $10 contribution to event host Natural Capitalism Solutions is required.

Register here!

Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical states, “…faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet… In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people.”

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”

“I appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.”

In that spirit, join leaders from the business, government, and faith communities; hear success stories; and co-create what YOU can do to implement meaningful change.

A few of the thought leaders who will be speaking include:

Former CO Governor Bill Ritter: Center for New Energy Economy

Richard Cizik: President, The New Evangelical Partnership

Hunter Lovins: President, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Russell Greene: Executive VP Operations  and Sustainability, Cheesecake Factory

Register to join us here!

Nov. 8: Screening and Discussion of This Changes Everything

November 8th, 2:00 pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver CO

Join CEA and the Climate Courage Resilience Circle for a film screening and discussion of This Changes Everything,  Naomi Klein’s brand new climate justice documentary. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Suggested donation: $7. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but we gratefully accept contributions to support this initiative!

Seating is limited. Register here to attend the event.

Oct. 4th: Community Climate Courage Showing of The Wisdom to Survive

October 4th, 2:00 pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver CO

Join CEA and the Climate Courage Resilience Circle for a film screening and discussion of The Wisdom to Survive. This film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks: what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

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Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.

Suggested donation: $7. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but we gratefully accept contributions to support this initiative!

Seating is limited. Register here to attend the event.