Jared Polis, who won Colorado ‘s gubernatorial race to become the nation’s first openly gay governor-elect, is charting the state’s bold path towards clean energy. The Democrat, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, ran on a platform of transitioning Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040—the most ambitious renewable goal in the entire country, Climate Home News reported. That’s even faster than California and Hawaii , which both aim to phase out of fossil fuel generation by 2045. On his campaign website , Polis said the green energy transition would create tens of thousands of jobs and save consumers 10 percent on energy costs. Pointing to a government study, he said that utility-scale wind is now cheaper than natural gas and that new energy storage technology would further improve these cost benefits. That’s not to mention the public health benefits of cleaner air and water. Aside from a strong environmental platform, Polis campaigned on other progressive issues such as Medicare-for-all, paid family medical leave and stronger gun laws. "At the end of the day we all believe in our children’s future, we all believe in protecting our amazing parks and open space, we all […]

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