State of the Air: Colorado

Christine BergContact Christine Berg at cberg@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Christine is mom to two young children. She also serves as mayor for the city of Lafayette, Colorado. Christine advocates that regardless of borders, we all share the same air – our children deserve to have equal robust protections against air pollution regardless of income, political influence or geography.

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WE HAVE MORE THAN 43,041 COLORADO MEMBERS

Here’s what we’re working on in Colorado:

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health.  We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.  We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions.  We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health.  By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in Colorado that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

In Colorado, we also advocate for strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.  As Colorado families deal with the health impacts of oil and gas extraction we are galvanizing parents for action to reduce pollution from the oil and gas sector.

“Zero tolerance” on oil and gas methane emissions brings major benefits for Colorado communities

In 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called for “zero tolerance” of fugitive oil and gas methane emissions – a year later Colorado became the first state in the nation to directly regulate methane pollution. Each year, Colorado will reduce more than 100,000 tons of methane and nearly 90,000 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds — equal to the same amount produced by all cars and trucks in the state annually.

Oil and Gas Threat Map – Colorado has over 50,000 active oil and gas wells, compressors and processors in the state.  According to the Oil and Gas Threat Map, 256,000 Coloradans live within a designated threat radius with potential impacts to health.  This includes 6 counties which exceed the EPA’s cancer risk level of concern, 83 schools and 5 medical facilities.  The threat radius is defined by the EPA’s most recent National Air Toxics Assessment analysis which calculates the risk of cancer and respiratory health issues. Look up your address and see how the oil and gas industry impacts your neighborhood and community.

Clean Energy – In 2018, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved a $2.5 billion plan by Xcel Energy to close coal-fired power plants and add a significant dose of wind and solar generation so 55 percent of the utility’s electricity will come from clean energy by 2026. This positive step in the right direction towards clean energy came as a result of public input in favor of shutting the coal plants down–including testimony in Spring 2018 from Moms Clean Air Force members at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to help make the case that they should retire two coal fired power plants early.

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Moms Clean Air Force Programs in Colorado

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

Ecomadres is a collaborative program between GreenLatinos and Moms Clean Air Force that brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate change, and toxins that affect the health of Latino children and families.  The program arms Madres with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools and on-the-ground events, and provides an inclusive community that empowers and lifts up the voices of Madres for the benefit of our communities.  Ecomadres has a vibrant network of state-base field teams and allies across the country.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Colorado is supporting national campaigns:

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and the EPA Administrator, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

Colorado’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Coal (54%)

  • Natural Gas (20%)

  • Wind (20%)

  • Hyrdropower (4%)

  • Other (2%)

Colorado’s vast fossil fuel resources include the Niobrara Shale, with resource estimates running as high as 2 billion barrels of oil

From 2004 to 2014, crude oil production in Colorado more than quadrupled; in the same period, marketed natural gas production rose 51%

Over 8% of Colorado children suffer from asthma

In 2017, there were 48 code orange ozone days in Jefferson County, Colorado

In 2014, Colorado’s grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity of 430 megawatts was the ninth largest in the United States, and the state obtained nearly 10 times as much net generation from solar power as it did just 5 years earlier in 2009

Denver is the one of the top 20 Most Ozone-Polluted Cities according to the ALA’s 2018 State of the Air Report, the city ranked 14th worst nationally for its number of high ozone level days, and, in addition to that D grade, also scored a D for high particle pollutants



The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 8, 2018
This was written by Olivia Rosane. It originally posted on EcoWatch: Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, EPA, Florida, Latino Community, New York, Politics, Texas

Great News! Major Wins for Climate Safety.

BY Dominique Browning ON November 7, 2018
Is the glass half full, or half empty? That’s what I found myself wondering all morning (and well into last night) as I followed election results. I’m going with half full — more than half full, in fact. Don’t believe the pundits who tell us...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Politics, Wisconsin
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Past Events

December 2018

Moms Clean Air Force attended and presented at Family Day at the Americas Latino Eco Festival.

November 2018

Moms Clean Air Force members testified in support of strong methane protections at an EPA hearing in Denver.

September 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado field organizer, Christine Berg spoke up against speeding up the permitting process for some oil and gas wells on public lands at a meeting in Lakewood.

Field organizer, Christine Berg gave a brief presentation and spoke on a panel at the “Prelude to the Latino EcoFestival, Climate Solidarity: Powering Cultural and Ecological Resilience” event.

August 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado joined Defend Our Future, Conservation Colorado, and the CO Health Institute for a press conference focused on wildfires and encouraging lawmakers to connect the growing number of fires with climate change.

May 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a Mama Summit in Aurora, working with local officials to build a healthier, safer, and cleaner Aurora for the sake of our kids.

March 2018 

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado testified at the Clean Power Plan listening session in Gillette, WY.

February 2018

Field organizer, Christine Berg served on a panel discussion during a screening of Chasing Coral.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members testified at the Public Utilities Commission in favor of closing two coal-fired power plants; decreasing air pollution and moving toward a more sustainable energy future in Colorado!

January 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado testified at the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission hearing on new permits.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado participated in the Women’s March in Denver.

November 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended and spoke at the National Day of Climate Action in Denver.

October 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members gave testimony at Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission as they consider whether to strengthen air pollution standards for oil and gas operations.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado participated in an Oil and Gas Threat Map Press Conference highlighting the advent of 500 new wells in a 4×6 mile area that includes an elementary, middle and high school. An impacted mom and high school student spoke about air pollutants and safety concerns.

September 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

August 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended “Moving Forward: Beyond Paris” with Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Conservation Colorado.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended a Suncor public hearing in Commerce City.

July 2017

In partnership with Sierra Club and the 100% Campaign, Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a letter-writing party in Stapleton for families to write letters and kids to color postcards urging Denver Mayor Hancock to commit to 100% renewable by 2030.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado met with Senator Bennet in Washington, DC during the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action.

June 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans Citizens Policy Summit.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado tabled at the Colorado Latino Festival.

May 2017

Moms Clean Air Force partnered with Together We Will Colorado to host a “Lunchtime Meet and Greet” to thank EPA Employees at the Region 8 Headquarters in Denver.

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the Peoples Climate March in Denver.

March 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado partnered with the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans on a legislative advocacy day, which included testimony in favor of a school oil and gas set-back rule.

February 2017

Congressman Jared Polis shared the story of Moms Clean Air Force member, Stacy Lambright on the House of Representatives floor.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA.

December 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado partnered with Conservation Colorado to host a town hall style event with Congresswoman Diana DeGette to highlight work in Colorado including the BLM rule, methane regulations, Rush Creek Wind Project and more.

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado met with staff from Congressman Polis’s office, Senator Gardner’s office, Senator Bennet’s office, Congressman Jared Polis, and Colorado State Senator Matt Jones.

November 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended the American Public Health Association Roundtable regarding their “Year in Climate” efforts and met with Susan Pollen, Public Affairs and Advocacy Executive Director to see how Moms Clean Air Force can partner statewide and nationally on their public policy campaign to build awareness around climate change and its impact on public health.

September 2016

Field organizer, Christine Berg organized a press event with State Representative Joe Salazar, Thornton Councilman, Josh Zygielbaum, community leaders and concerned parents at a neighborhood park next to a well site that has recently leaked to discuss the new data in a report that highlights a public health threat to Denver Metro Area residents and Latino communities in particular. The group urged continued enforcement on existing rules and strengthening efforts to crack down on air emissions from the oil and gas industry.

Speakers included:

State Representative, Joe Salazar

Thornton City Councilman, Josh Zygielbaum

Sara Loflin, League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradoans (LOGIC)

Stacy Lambright, Impacted Mom

Arturo Garcia, Father, Cancer survivor

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a hike with Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in Boulder. Participants hiked Sawhill Ponds Trailhead, a gentle 1.8 mile hike full of ponds and wildlife.

July 2016

Field organizer, Christine Berg hosted an event on methane and the threat map.

Colorado Supermom, Anne Ekblad, spoke at a telepress conference on the new methane threat map.

May 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Colorado hosted a Mama Summit in Denver.

July 2014

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Colorado attended and testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing in Denver.

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Cory Gardner

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US House of Representatives

Diane DeGette (District 1)

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Jared Polis (District 2)

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Scott Tipton (District 3)

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Ken Buck (District 4)

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  • 900 Castleton Rd.
  • Suite 112
  • Castle Rock, CO 80109
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Doug Lamborn (District 5)

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  • 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Suite 330
  • Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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  • Phone: (719) 520-0055
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Mike Coffman (District 6)

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  • 3300 S. Parker Road
  • Cherry Creek Place IV Suite #305
  • Aurora, CO 80014
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  • Phone: (720) 748-7514
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Ed Perlmutter (District 7)

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