Colorado Sierra Club Endorses Jared Polis for Governor, Says He Is the ‘Strong Environmental Champion We Need to Lead Our State’

DENVER — Jared Polis today received the enthusiastic endorsement of the Colorado Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the state with more than 100,000 members.

“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Jared Polis to be Colorado’s next governor,” said Will Walters, Chair of Sierra Club Colorado. “From his leadership in Congress on environmental and climate issues to his plan to move Colorado to 100% renewable energy by 2040, Polis has proven he’s the leader Colorado needs as its next governor.”

“I’ve enjoyed hiking and exploring with the Sierra Club for many years, but Sierra Club members realize that we can’t take our amazing outdoor experiences in Colorado for granted,” said Jared Polis. “I’m so honored to earn the active support of the Sierra Club in our fight for a sustainable future. I look forward to working with their 100,000-plus Colorado members to preserve our trails and open space and make our state a leader in the fight against climate change. With Donald Trump and his cabinet of climate deniers attacking our public lands and removing environmental protections, it’s more important than ever to have strong environmental leadership at the state level. Together, we will protect our majestic public lands, safeguard our air and water, and reach our goal of making our Colorado energy grid 100% renewable-energy-powered by 2040 or sooner.”

Jared has released detailed plans to make Colorado energy independent and 100% renewable by 2040 and to protect the outdoor spaces that power much of our economy. In Congress, he’s been a leader on environmental issues. As a founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, he’s introduced legislation to designate 90,000 acres of wilderness in Colorado’s high country, led the effort to cut fossil fuel subsidies, defended President Obama’s rules on methane, and partnered with environmentalists and ranchers to protect the Sage Grouse’s habitat.

“Here in Pueblo, we’re already on a path to reach 100% renewable energy. We’ve seen firsthand how unlocking innovation in our clean-energy sector creates jobs and benefits consumers,” said David Cockrell, a Sierra Club leader and Pueblo resident. “Jared’s whole career has been defined by setting ambitious goals and then reaching them. He has the vision and the record of achievement to help Colorado become a leader in the world’s renewable-energy future.”

“Environmental protection is a top issue for Latino voters across Colorado,” said Irene Vilar, Founder of Colorado-based Americas for Conservation + the Arts. “Jared has dedicated much of his career to leading the fight for environmental justice. No one is more qualified to lead that fight for Colorado from the governor’s office than Jared Polis.”

“Coloradans can’t afford to just play defense against Donald Trump’s attacks on our environment and public lands,” said prominent Aspen environmentalist Auden Schendler. “Jared has bold, innovative plans to protect our environment and our outdoor recreation economy. Throughout his time in Congress, he has been a steadfast champion for climate progress–I’ve seen it on the ground and watched him go out of his way to support grassroots and policy action. With the Trump administration crusading against basic environmental protections, Jared is the governor we need to fight back and lead.”

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