Letter to the editor: Something stinks

Posted 12/11/19

Our community and our state need to deal with our methane problem. Methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and therefore, a major driver of climate disruption, in the …

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Letter to the editor: Something stinks

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Our community and our state need to deal with our methane problem. Methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and therefore, a major driver of climate disruption, in the short-term (over 20 years).

A recent report in the Lancet journal of medicine details the impacts of climate change and find that children will be especially harmed by it. As a mother, I am deeply concerned about this.

Not only that methane worsens our climate crisis, but it also has a number of indirect effects on human health, crop yields and the quality and productivity of vegetation through its role as an important precursor to the formation of tropospheric (ground level) ozone.

The good news is that the state of Colorado is currently considering ways to reduce our methane pollution, particularly from the oil and gas sector. We need our elected officials and decision makers to protect our children from a bleak future of more extreme drought, wildfires, more insect borne disease and potential food shortages.

I hope to see the Air Quality Control Commission pass the strongest possible protections from methane pollution, while employing the best scientific tools to continuously measure its emission levels.

Jasmina Petrovic,
Arvada

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