On Aug. 7, 2020, the Washington Post reported that the Western Slope of Colorado and three counties in eastern Utah have warmed double the global average, making it the largest hot spot in the continental United States. Delta County itself has warmed 3.9 degrees fahrenheit over the past 124 years. We, in Delta County, are sitting right smack in the largest climate hot spot in the lower 48.

The result is what we see around us. The region’s snowpack is shrinking and melting earlier. Hotter temperatures are causing increased water evaporation. The end result? Significantly less water for farming and domestic use: the scenario for the foreseeable future. It is not just a bad year for moisture.

The Delta County Commissioners have been watching hotter and drier weather and drought intensify and the water crisis escalate. However, despite having been asked by members of the public to take proactive measures to reduce human initiated impacts on the climate, to take the lead in reducing carbon emissions in the county, they have done nothing since their support of two excellent energy efficiency programs in 2016 and 2017.

The commissioners are not complying with statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% and even more every subsequent decade. They have, in fact, intentionally ignored suggestions to make Delta County climate responsible. Instead they have continued to support fossil fuel projects and confined animal feeding operations that emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Delta County needs a climate action plan and a climate action director to implement it. Seventy-nine citizens have signed a letter to this effect which has been sent to the county commissioners. Our group encourages you to take action.

Crawford Area Indivisible

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