Climate Accountability
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Climate Accountability

The Colorado communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder have come together to launch a crucial effort in response to climate change.

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Colorado Communities File Lawsuit Against Oil Giants for Climate Change Costs

Costs of climate change impacts estimated to top one hundred million dollars by 2050

The Colorado communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder–with legal support from EarthRights International, the Hannon Law Firm, and Niskanen Center–have filed a lawsuit against Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil, two oil companies with significant responsibility for climate change.

The communities have demanded that these companies pay their fair share of the costs associated with climate change impacts so that the costs do not fall disproportionately on taxpayers. Learn more…

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New report summarizes potential climate impact costs for Boulder County

Presentation by Dr. Paul Chinowsky of Resilient Analytics details the means and costs of how climate change is projected to impact all aspects of daily life in Boulder County. Learn more

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Climate Change in Boulder County

Boulder County is committed to finding ways to meet our growing energy demand while protecting the environment and maintaining economic vitality and vibrant communities. We are also committed to making sure that our residents have the information and resources necessary to use less energy, save money and make the best possible energy choices. Learn more

On April 17, 2018, the Colorado communities of Boulder County, the City of Boulder, and San Miguel County held a rally to announce the filing of a lawsuit against Suncor and ExxonMobil requiring these companies to help pay the costs of adapting to climate change

Elected officials from the three communities were joined by speakers from EarthRights International, 350 Colorado, the Sierra Club, Earth Guardians.

  • Commissioner Elise Jones speaks during a Rally for Climate Change Accountability
  • Local resident holds sign that says, "Protect the Earth, Protect All Living Things"
  • An audience participates in the Climate Accountability Rally
  • Local resident holds sign that says, "Be Cool!"
  • Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, at podium, speaks during a Rally for Climate Change Accountability
  • Micah Parkin Executive Director, 350 Colorado at the podium
  • Local resident holds sign that says, "Envision Hope"
  • Marco Simons General Counsel, Earth Rights International
  • Emma Bray, Earth Guardians at the podium for the Climate Accountability Rally
  • Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, standing at the podium addressing crowd
  • Sierra Club - Indian Peaks Group Chair Rebecca Dickson, at podium, speaks during a Rally for Climate Change Accountability
  • Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones at the podium