6 Reasons We Are Endorsing Environmental Champion Jared Polis for Governor

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If you want to support Colorado’s environment and way of life with your vote this November, the most important thing you can do is vote for Congressman Jared Polis for governor.

We are proud to endorse Jared Polis in Colorado’s election for governor. Jared Polis is one of the strongest voices for conservation in the state and the nation, and he will work hard to protect what we all love about Colorado: clear blue skies, rushing rivers, wild places, and diverse communities. Here are the top six reasons we are proud to support him in the race for Colorado’s next governor:

1) Jared Polis has proved to be a pro-conservation Congressman.  

He doesn’t just talk the talk. Jared Polis has a 100 percent conservation voting record in the last two years and a 92% lifetime conservation voting score from the League of Conservation Voters.Time and time again, he has proven that he will follow through for our environment and communities.

2) He plans for Colorado to have 100% renewable energy by 2040.

Colorado needs to be a leader in climate solutions and economic growth, and Jared Polis agrees. He plans to move Colorado’s grid to completely renewable while saving ratepayers money on their utility bills and creating clean energy jobs, specifically 49,000 construction jobs and 21,000 operation jobs in addition to the 66,000 current renewable energy jobs in Colorado.

3) Congressman Polis works to protect our public lands.

He is the co-sponsor of the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act and lists it as one of his top priorities as a Congressman. This bill has been a large part of Conservation Colorado’s work over the past ten years and will continue to be until these wild places are protected. Polis is an outspoken defender of public lands against attacks from the Trump administration, including the National Monument review, the proposed National Park fee increase, and the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

4) Jared Polis fights for clean air and healthy communities.

Jared Polis knows first hand what it’s like to have fracking wells too close to your home, friends, and family, and he has prioritized the health and safety of Coloradans above industry profits. Polis supports local control of fracking wells and advocates for safer management practices that will keep communities safe.

5) He  advocates for clean transportation.

Specifically, he stands for more, and better, bike lanes as wells as stronger electric vehicle incentives and opportunities. He plans to introduce new policies that will support the adoption of electric vehicles that will reduce pollution in our state.

6) Polis fights for issues that matter to our communities.

He has been an outspoken supporter of the DACA program and was honored at the Latino Eco Festival in 2017. Jared Polis believes that Colorado needs to lead the way in building diversity in our economy that creates jobs and increases wages but also reduces the racial wealth gap.

We are confident in Congressman Polis’s passion and determination to make Colorado a better, greener state, but we need your help to win this next election. Polis will face Republican Walker Stapleton in the general election in November. Stapleton has undermined the benefits of renewable energy for consumers, opposes efforts to clean up air pollution from transportation, and openly pleaded with the oil and gas industry to spend more money on his campaign.

Conservation Colorado had a 90 percent win rate of candidates endorsed in 2016, and we need your help to make that 100 percent this November. Support our election work here to help make Jared Polis Colorado’s next governor.