TRANSITIONING DENVER TO A CARBON-FREE FUTURE
CLEANER AIR FOR DENVER
Since 2010, Denver's population has risen by 21%, an addition of more than 127,000 people. It is no surprise that our air quality is worse than ever; in fact, Denver consistently ranks in the 10 cities with poorest air quality in the nation.
Over half of the electricity in Colorado still comes from burning coal and natural gas despite a decade of state efforts to spur a shift to clean energy. By incentivizing the reduction of fossil-fuel-based electricity production, we can help minimize the brown cloud of pollution looming over our city.
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and low-income communities in Denver are disproportionately affected by poor air quality, food insecurity, heat waves, and extreme weather events due to economic inequality, historical injustices, and systemic racism. These same groups have been hit the hardest by the health and economic crisis associated with COVID-19.
The People’s Climate Campaign was created to make polluters pay for their current and historical burdens on BIPOC and low-income communities, while ensuring that the money raised directly benefits those most harmed by pollution and climate change.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
The law will establish allowances for residential and commercial electricity and natural gas usage and create a tax on usage that exceeds the specified allowance. Residents in any low-income program such as LEAP or SNAP would be exempt, as well as property owners enrolled in renewable energy programs or who have rooftop solar. Revenue generated by the tax will be used to fund local climate action and climate justice initiatives.
Increased funding to create jobs for under-resourced individuals in renewable & clean energy technology and management of natural resources
Additional investments in solar power, battery storage and other renewable energy technology
Creation of neighborhood-based environmental and climate justice programs
Funding adaptation and resiliency programs that help frontline communities prepare for a changing climate
Improving programs and services that provide affordable, clean, safe and reliable transportation choices, like walking, biking, transit, electric vehicles, and neighborhood-scale transit
Upgrading the energy efficiency of homes, offices and industry to reduce their carbon footprint, utility bills, and indoor air pollution