SW Colorado needs climate action

To the editor.

It is unthinkable to me that we still have leaders in office who actively deny climate change. Beyond the politics, the real-world impacts are horrifying. Here in Southwest Colorado, seven counties have been labeled Primary Natural Disaster Areas by the USDA and another 10 have been deemed eligible for disaster relief. That includes La Plata County. In Southwest Colorado, snow-pack is at just 3 percent of historical averages. The economic impacts are far-reaching – crippling the agriculture economy, the outdoor recreation economy and everything in-between.

We need to elect leaders who are willing to tackle climate change before it’s too late. Here in the Third Congressional District that choice is obvious – Democrat Karl Hanlon. Our current representative, Scott Tipton, refuses to take any action on climate change and supports the Trump administration’s misguided EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, who is intent on rolling back the hard-fought victories achieved by the Obama Administration.

Karl Hanlon surpasses his opponents in the Democratic primary because he is the only candidate in the race with a detailed plan to combat the issue. I urge you to review this for yourself at www.karlhanlon.com/climate.

If you care about our environment, I hope you’ll join me in supporting Hanlon in the Democratic Primary on June 26. We need someone in Congress with a real plan.

– Jer Agnew, Durango