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Longmont Council Delays Decision on Joining Climate Action Group

November 28, 2018

Longmont Times-Call

Longmont City Council members voted to postpone, at least until January, a decision on a proposal that Longmont join a Colorado coalition of local governments that advocate adoption of state and federal policies and regulations addressing climate change.

The delay was approved inn a unanimous 6-0 vote, with Councilman Aren Rodriguez absent.

Several council members said they have questions they want answered before Longmont joins the 21 municipalities and counties that belong to Colorado Communities for Climate Action.

Councilman Tim Waters said he wanted to know how the climate action coalition and its lobbyists at the Legislature align with the lobbying and legislative priorities of the Colorado Municipal League, to which Longmont already belongs.

He asked why the climate action group’s strategies for seeking changes in state and federal laws and regulations would be more effective than the Municipal League’s.

Waters also asked who would represent Longmont in the climate-action coalition and how much of a voice the city would have with the $10,000 annual fee for participating — a “base” membership amount that would be lower than the $20,000 the city would have to pay as a “core” member.

Councilwoman Marcia Martin said $10,000 would be “a small price to pay” for anything that would protect the environment, but she agreed council should know more about what Longmont would get for its money.

Councilwoman Bonnie Finley said she would like to know what specific legislation the climate action organization has lobbied for in the past.

Councilwoman Polly Christensen — the council’s liaison to both the city’s Board of Environmental Affairs and the Colorado Municipal League’s Policy Committee — said lobbying on many of the issues concerning the climate action group’s members “isn’t exactly what CML does.”

Christensen said, though, that she’d be willing to wait until January for her council colleagues to get the additional information they’re seeking.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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