EDF Action Hosted Clean Energy Event

August 14, 2021
Hannah Blatt, hblatt@edfaction.org, 202-572-3534

(Fort Collins, CO- August 14, 2021) EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Defend Our Future, EDF’s youth engagement and empowerment initiative, held an event with Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet at the Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus. At the event, the speakers highlighted how clean transportation can help tackle the climate crisis. The event drew attention to the need for bold climate action by Congress.

“From severe drought to longer and more intense wildfire seasons to worsening air quality in our cities, Colorado communities are on the front lines of the climate crisis,” said Senator Bennet. “Cutting pollution from the transportation sector is absolutely critical to addressing climate change. Clean transportation will also help create jobs, improve public health, and save consumers money on fuel costs. Both the infrastructure package and President Biden’s announcement on clean cars are steps in the right direction, but we have more work to do to protect our climate and Colorado.”

“EDF Action members are energized about meeting the moment, advocating for bold climate action now. They’re out gathering petitions, doing visibility events and meeting with elected officials to talk about the importance of tackling the climate crisis head on. We need Congress to act now with bold solutions that accelerate our transition to a clean economy, with big investments in clean energy and electric vehicles,” said Sydney Welter, EDF Action’s Colorado Climate Team Organizer.

“From wildfires to drought to extreme heat, Coloradans are feeling the climate crisis now. Defend Our Future is a student-led initiative energizing the push for climate action across Colorado. Our supporters – including college students in Denver, Fort Collins and across the state - are demanding our leaders in Congress work together on legislation that will secure a livable future for generations to come. That’s why we’re advocating for bold solutions that will create jobs, clean up our transportation systems, and advance environmental justice,” said Nick Haas, Colorado Organizer for Defend Our Future.

“Building the infrastructure of tomorrow, and the vehicles of tomorrow can create good work for Coloradoans for many years. To make that a reality, federal investments should ensure that EV charging stations are installed by licensed electricians, that we boost American manufacturing up and down the entire supply chain, and strive to make EVs affordable for workers and all Colorado families,” said Kate French, BlueGreen Alliance.