FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis responds to a question about a shooting at a charter school during a news conference in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Colorado Republicans who were trounced in the November 2018 elections are using the recall process to try to reclaim seats and some political power. Gov. Polis, who defeated his opponent by 11 percentage points, is one target. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

BOULDER |  Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says global warming is threatening the nation’s security, economy, public health and environment.

Colorado Politics reports the Democratic governor testified Thursday before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which is drafting a national climate action plan.

The committee held a hearing at the University of Colorado. Earlier this week, committee members toured three federal laboratories in Boulder that address climate issues: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Polis said climate change is hurting Colorado’s water supply and environment and its agricultural and recreation industries.

He told the committee Colorado will help retrain workers at coal-fired power plants who lose their jobs as the state pushes utilities to switch to renewable power.


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