Senators: Protect Mueller’s investigation

I worry every day about the survival of our democracy and the rule of law in our nation. One of the few threads protecting us at present is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which must be protected.

The president has already tried to fire Mueller and continues daily to denigrate this investigation, attempt to derail it or call its legality into question (not a sign of innocence in many people’s eyes), and he will continue these attacks if he is not checked. A bill has been introduced in the Senate for exactly this purpose, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to put country before party and bring this legislation to the floor for a vote. Neither has our GOP Sen. Cory Gardner pushed for this legislation to be passed.

The Mueller investigation has already resulted in 22 indictments and several guilty pleas. Most Americans agree that it should be allowed to continue unhindered and unobstructed until its conclusion.

Sens. Gardner and Bennett, please urge McConnell to bring this bill to prevent the obstruction or ending of Mueller’s investigation to a floor vote before the summer recess.

By Honora Lee Wolfe, Lafayette

Fight for a bipartisan climate solution

This week, 16 Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, including five students from CU Boulder, find themselves in the nation’s capital for a combined conference and lobbying effort. All of us are here because we care about combatting climate change. And in particular, all of us gravitated to CCL because of its unique approach.

CCL advocates for a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy to be enacted nationwide. The proposal is for a price to be put on the extraction of CO2- or other greenhouse gas-emitting fuel sources. In this way, the price of all products across the economy go up according to how much they contribute to global warming. The proceeds from this tax would then be expediently returned to citizens as a dividend, so that the real effect is not on balance the draining of American wallets, but rather the incentivization of greener goods, services and habits.

A large part of what drew us here is the sensibility of this proposal. A carbon tax is viewed by most economists as the most efficient step toward combatting climate change. It is minimally intrusive (the tax is levied upstream, not on individual consumers) and works with, not against, the forces of a free market economy. But beyond the contents of the policy itself, I believe that most of us — not just the 16 from Boulder, but many of the 1,400 from across the country — made the trip to D.C. because of CCL’s secret weapon: respect.

The first thing that caught my eye when I opened CCL’s annual report this year was a quote from Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah). It said, “I had a conversation with CCL, and they said, ‘This is a problem and we’re wondering if you can help us solve this problem,’ instead of, ‘You’re the problem.’ That approach not only changed my mind about my involvement but really changed my heart about what we should be doing.” This approach is why conservatives are getting on board, but moreover, it is why I am here as a liberal.

By Dan Palken, graduate student in physics at University of Colorado, Boulder

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