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With its greenhouse gas reduction rule in place, Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) becomes one of the leading states in tackling the single biggest source of climate pollution - the transportation sector. Success will be determined by how well it is implemented. The next six months will be critical.

On the heels of Governor Polis’s proposal to add another $40 million to a program designed to make our main streets more people-friendly, I sat down with the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Shoshana Lew, to talk about the success of their Main Streets program. One takeaway - keep the money coming!

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Tips

36th annual Trouble in Toyland report exposes risks of counterfeit and other dangerous toys

Even though legitimate toymakers deserve kudos for making many of their products safer over the years, too often, Americans end up buying dangerous toys for children for the holidays. CoPIRG Foundation’s 36th annual Trouble in Toyland report shows that many of those toys are counterfeit or recalled products, but still make their way into consumers’ shopping carts.

Governor Polis’s proposal includes over $250 million for reducing the cost of riding transit, rolling out more e-bikes and electric school buses, replacing dirty diesel trucks, and boosting a program that makes main streets safer and more comfortable for people to walk, bike, roll, ride transit and live their lives. The next big investment we need - increased transit service.

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

Statement: Town of Vail becomes 9th GoEV City with 100% zero emission transportation commitment

The Vail Town Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to move the town towards 100% zero emission transportation.  Vail is the 9th in Colorado to do so, joining Boulder County, Denver, City of Boulder, Summit County, City of Golden, City of Fort Collins, City of Longmont, and the Town of Avon in earning the GoEV City designation.

Following a summer of record ozone pollution days in Colorado, school districts share the stories about how the first electric school buses found their way to the roads  in Boulder and Kremmling.  I joined experts from those districts as well as Mothers Out Front to highlight the health and climate impacts of diesel school buses, and how electric school buses are the path forward.

As emissions from gas-powered vehicles pollute our air and warm our planet, cities and counties are leading the way to a cleaner transportation future in Colorado. I joined experts from five GoEV Cities and Counties to highlight strategic policies driving them towards a 100% electric-powered transportation reality. 

News Release | CoPIRG | Transportation

First two CO school districts with electric-powered school buses highlighted during National Drive Electric Week event

During National Drive Electric Week, CoPIRG highlighted that dozens more electric-powered school buses are headed to CO in the coming years to join the two school districts in Boulder and Kremmling that have the first electric buses on the road. Electric-powered school buses are a critical solution in both the fight against climate change and protecting Colorado children from harmful diesel emissions.  CoPIRG is calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and get more electric buses on Colorado roads.   

News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

After decades of saving ratepayers money, Colorado’s utility watchdog has a new name and expanded responsibilities

After 37 years of critical watchdog work that has resulted in nearly $2 billion in savings for utility ratepayers, the Office of Consumer Counsel will be the Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate (UCA) moving forward. Reauthorized by the Colorado General Assembly this year for another seven years and with modernized responsibilities and additional resources and staffing, the UCA has new momentum to advocate for affordably-priced, safe and reliable utility service. 

Hurricane Ida is projected to make landfall in Louisana late Sunday. Residents can start thinking now about how to protect themselves from opportunists and scam artists.

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