Polis: Global warming threatens nation’s security, health


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.