The Democratically-controlled state House has passed a bill that includes measurable outcomes and deadlines in the state’s plan to fight climate change.
Gov. John Hickenlooper updated the state’s Climate Action Plan last October. It covers everything from better preparing for future drought to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
House Democrats want to take that plan one step further by adding in measurable goals based on the best available science. Their bill calls for near, mid and long term deadlines to achieve outcomes and better address climate change. House Democrats say it would require an annual update to lawmakers.
But the bill isn't expected to pass the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. They say the bill puts too much power in the hands of government to create and enforce the rules.