Colorado is the only home I've ever known. I grew up spending summers catching crawdads with the neighborhood kids at the lake, visiting friends at their mountain cabin and testing my horseback riding skills at Girl Scout camp. I'm a skier, biker and hiker. I'm a Colorado girl ready to protect what makes Colorado the best place in the world to live and raise a family. That's why, in part, I am running for the Colorado House of Representatives, HD61.
Climate change is the greatest threat to Colorado's natural environment, healthy ecosystems and outdoor recreation and tourism economy. Numerous empirical, peer-reviewed, scientific studies confirm the existence of climate change and the difficult truth --human activity is part of the cause. I support our state's initial efforts to work collaboratively with local communities in creating plans for reducing greenhouse gases at the grassroots-level and fulfilling the tenets of the Colorado Climate Plan. I will continue to support and promote local climate action leadership efforts, such as The Compact of Colorado Communities. I strongly support the numerous efforts underway by local communities and state government to reduce greenhouse gases by promoting alternative energy consumption and transition away from fossil fuels in favor of renewables.
Additionally, I'm ready to invest in the electrification of our transportation system and expand multi-modal alternatives. A transition to clean energy must happen in collaboration with community stakeholders. Retiring coal plants, for example, has a direct impact on our working families and the state must support workforce retraining and the expansion of career opportunities. Protecting Colorado from climate change can and should happen with local impacts in mind. I'm committed to helping working people and families succeed and protecting the Colorado I've come to know and love.
(Editor's note: While the DCI does not normally publish letters to the editor from candidates, McCluskie's opponent, Mike Mason, has made his stance on climate change clear. Although he did so as a citizen of Cedaredge, and not as a candidate, McCluskie asked for an opportunity to share her views on the issue.)