We have a pending disaster on our hands and need action and leadership to ensure that Delta County citizens have a livable future and survives the climate crisis. It is long past time for County leadership to watch climate disasters unfold around the country and the State and do nothing when Delta County is sitting right smack in middle of the largest climate hot spot in the continental US, warming 2.1°Celsius, double the global average.
Commissioners have been watching drought, hotter and drier weather intensify, and the pending water crisis escalate, and have done nothing to address the cause of climate change in the County. Commissioners continue to support fossil fuel projects and Confined Animal Feeding Operations that emit greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbate climate change.
The Arctic freeze that struck Texas in mid-February 2021 is a cautionary tale of how failures for leadership betrayed citizens and ultimately plunged them into darkness, no heat, no potable water, collapsed supply chains—turned the Lone Star State into a failed state that has ripple effects throughout the country.
It is high time for a County Climate Action Plan. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away or protect us.
The County must invest in a climate change/sustainability director to identify ways the county could reduce its climate impact. In addition, the County needs a climate action plan, policies and regulations, including land use regulations that align with the State’s mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050 from 2005 levels.
Please sign the following letter to the Delta County Commissioners. Your letter will be submitted directly to the Commissioners. Thank you for your support!