EDITORIAL: Global warming bill would kill good jobs



Rep. Mike Foote and Sen. Matt Jones, each a Boulder County Democrat, introduced Senate Bill 18-048 because oil and gas methane emissions contribute to global warming. They also release carcinogenic gases that may cause acute myeloid Leukemia and possibly acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as explained in the bill's list of horribles.

That's not all. Energy production releases toxic gases that may cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. The toxic gases also help cause ozone, which may aggravate chronic lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and bronchitis.

The Walking Dead becomes real if Boulder and Longmont can't ban fracking.

The bill would empower local governments to exercise land use authority over oil and gas facilities.

The bill attempts to overturn law that allows local control of energy production only in areas of state interest, as designated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Foote and Jones introduced the bill in reaction to a 2016 ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that overturned a fracking moratorium in Fort Collins and a ban in Longmont. The case began when then-Attorney General John Suthers, today the mayor of Colorado Springs, sued Longmont for banning fracking in 2012. Justices unanimously ruled any local moratorium or ban materially impedes state authority to regulate energy production.

Last year's ruling built on the state Supreme Court's 1992 ruling against Greeley's municipal fracking ban.

The U.S. and Colorado constitutions protect property rights. They do so for good reason. Property rights are essential to ensuring investments that create energy and jobs that keep people in food, shelter and clothing. A mineral right is nothing other than a property right.

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