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Prevention First Act & Environmentalists CO Agenda

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There’s plenty catch up on as I was out of town and blog-less all week.  Here are a couple of items that caught my eye:

Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Louise Slaughter have introduced the Prevention First Act.  Democrats put their money where their mouth is: instead of denying women access to health care like Republicans have done for eight years (and more), Democrats want more health care made available to women.  That will in turn allow women to reduce unwanted pregnancies.  That will in turn reduce the number of abortions and abandoned babies.  Right-wing extremists have unfortunately been very successful in closing health clinics that actually deliver care and introducing clinics that distribute right-wing propaganda, especially in neighborhoods with lower-income and predominantly minority populations.  I don’t see how they can be labeled “pro-life” when they do so.  It remains to be seen how the final bill looks when it comes out of Congress.

Environmentalists in Colorado are working to convince the state legislature to make rural utilities pay for energy efficiency programs, just like urban utilities already do.  The reason is simple and works to utilities’ benefit: it is far cheaper to implement energy efficiency programs than it is to build a coal plant or a natural gas plant or a wind farm or a solar farm.  Any opposition really just doesn’t make sense.  “It’s our neighbors – farmers, ranchers – that own the rural electric utilities,” Rep. Gardner said.  That’s not under dispute, Rep. Gardner.  It will be cheaper for them to run the utilities when they implement efficiency programs.  The math and economics is simple and has been proven time and time again.  Why does Rep. Gardner want those farmers and ranchers to have to pay more to run their businesses?  How is he tied to the oil and gas industry?  Stay tuned.


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