Colorado unveils plan to cut air pollution by 90% by 2050

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials unveiled a plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% by 2050 in order to improve public health and reduce the effects of climate change.

“This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,” Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said. “It’s very much in our interest to do our part. We have a climate-driven economy. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Colorado are climate-dependent. And we want to position Colorado as a climate and green energy leader.”

The state’s 207-page plan made public on Thursday relies on state agencies to enforce pollution cuts at power plants, oil and gas industry sites and in buildings, the Denver Post reported. Polis said it was “by far the most ambitious and expansive planning document Colorado has ever produced on climate change.”

State residents would be encouraged to transition from gas-powered vehicles to zero-emission ones through tax benefits and other incentives.

The governor has declared that the state will rely on 100% renewable energy by 2040.