Standing up for clean air should be obvious

I am really thankful to live in Colorado, where I can hike, bike and ski in the great outdoors with my children. That’s one of the reasons I completely agree with Gov. Hickenlooper who said earlier this week: “Clean Air and protecting public health should be everyone’s top priority.”

The Clean Power Plan will reduce air pollution from outdated power plants. The facts are clear – the plan will make kids and grandparents healthier. So I am upset that Attorney General Coffman has joined the lawsuit challenging the Clean Power Plan, the single most important thing we can do to clean up the air our children and elders breathe.

The Colorado way is to collaborate to find solutions to the challenges our state faces. For years we have developed bipartisan clean air policies, garnering input from businesses, industry, government and the public. We can find our own way of implementing the Clean Power Plan that will preserve our clean air and way of life that is important to attracting new businesses and workers to Colorado, as well as grow our state’s clean tech economy.

Thanks Gov. Hickenlooper for defending the Clean Power Plan – it’s good for kids and for commerce, a win-win all around.

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Preschool walk Bluff Lake

October Event: Halloween at Bluff Lake Nature Center!

Here at Colorado Moms Know Best we have a lot of opportunities to talk policy, but this fall we would like to invite you to come and talk with each other. Please join us, with your little one(s), at Bluff Lake Nature Center at Friday, 10/30, at 11:00 am – dressed in your scary finest!

On top of celebrating Halloween (only a frog’s breath away), we have been working with their Executive Director, Jeff Lamontagne, to  create an interactive and fun “Leave No Trace” program for children. Meanwhile, our Head Mom, Emma Pinter, will be there to update parents our current campaigns and more information on how to become an advocate for the health of Colorado’s children by promoting cleaner air. Afterward, there will be a nature walk for everyone to enjoy (and practice their trick or treating skills)!

We hope to see you there!

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Emma Testifies for Clean Air

Recently I testified at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment public hearing on the Clean Power Plan to let them know Colorado moms care about clean air for our kids.

signIn 2013, 64% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal. All of us know Colorado can do better. Right now, we’re on track to meet over 85% of the Clean Power Plan’s emissions reductions due to programs already in place. That is a fantastic start – but it’s only the beginning.

The Clean Power Plan standards give Colorado flexibility in developing a plan that works for our own state’s families, economy, and unique Western way of life. That quality of life is exactly what I highlighted when I went to testify at the CPPHE hearing, and I shared letters from moms from all over Colorado about why we are passionate about clean power and the clean air that comes with it.

Our message is simple: clean Air means healthy kids. If we want to keep our families safe and healthy, then there’s no room for pollution in Colorado. Fortunately, thanks to our state’s past history of working together to tackle air quality issues, Colorado is well positioned to meet the Clean Power Plan’s carbon reduction goals. We can do this!

emmaathearingI grew up running in the woods near my house with my sister and other neighbor kids. That unfettered joy of running in wild spaces is why we love Colorado – it is the joy we want to pass on to our children. Clean air is the foundation of good health for our children and future generations after them.

The next public hearing is November 9, from 4:30-6 P.M at Fort Lewis College in Durango. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, we will continue to post information about future hearings on Facebook as we get information about them, so please check back often. I hope you will join us at least once over the next year – we need as many voices as we can to stand up for healthy kids. If you can’t feel free to email us here with your concerns about pollution in Colorado.

– Emma Pinter, Colorado Moms Know Best Head Mom

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Action Alert: Regional Haze!

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary said early this month that the Clean Power Plan is important, “Because breathing outdoors shouldn’t send kids to the hospital.”

One of our readers, Westminster resident Ellen Buckley, took this photo.  She recently posted this photo to document the extreme haze in our state.
Aug 2015 Haze on Front Range
The persistent regional air pollution the extreme fires in the west and the poor quality of air at some of our national parks are unacceptable. In fact, did you know that Rocky Mountain National Park – the crown jewel of parks in Colorado – just earned a “D” grade for air pollution? That is NOT a grade moms are happy about!

Colorado Moms Know Best fights for clean air for our kids, community and parks – side-by-side with moms, firefighters, elected officials and others who are worried about the risks of climate change. We have created a few action items in response to this air quality crisis, just in time for Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th birthday:

Other Actions You Can Take

1. Coloring pages for clean air!Kids coloring for clean air!

Rocky Mountain National Park Kid Coloring. We are gathering kids’ “clean air, beautiful vistas” coloring pages for a Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th birthday card to give to elected officials at the RMNP party on Sept. 4. Click here for the blank coloring page.

2. Letters to the Editor.

If you want to submit a letter to the editor regarding the need for clean, healthy air please let us know. We can help you write it, too! Email us: contact@coloradomomsknowbest.com

Kids coloring for Clean Air3. Kids coloring for Clean Air: Kids Action Party.

Some moms are hosting kids action parties. If you want to host a kids action party in your area, let us know.  Gather together with your friends and color with your children to color pages for our larger Clean Air Birthday Card! Send in a photo of your drawings and your group when you are done.

4. Rocky Mountain National Park Birthday Party!

You can also join us at Rocky Mountain National Park’s birthday party on Sept. 4 at 11 AM where we will eat cake, play outdoors and talk to Sen. Bennet and Sen. Gardner about policies to clean up our air.

Let us know the level of support you can give to make sure we have clean air for our kids to breathe.  We can’t let our leaders think this new level of haze is going unnoticed!

~Emma, Head Mom

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Pollution in our National Parks!

This July, the cousins came out for a visit. We were eager to share what makes Colorado special so, we packed a bag, packed the car, and headed for the mountains! 20150703_122348

It was a spectacular day. Our National Parks hold so much beauty and communicate in an instant our Colorado way of life – and, Rocky Mountain National Park never fails to deliver, including on that day.

That’s why I was shocked to read in the Denver Post a couple weeks ago that Rocky Mountain National Park’s “air exceeded the health standard three times in 2013.”

Because of that, Rangers have been working with local officials to lower levels. However, the problem persists across Colorado.

According to the Denver Post,20150703_150558 “air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels, obscuring the most stunning landscapes.” Sadly, those four parks are Colorado favorites: Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde.

I want to continue to enjoy our natural landscapes, as well as show-off to out-of-state cousins.

If you care about clean air, please join me in a letter writing campaign! If you are interested in writing a letter to your local paper, please email us at CMKB!


Emma Pinter,
Head Mom

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A reason to celebrate!

Moms have a reason to celebrate today – the EPA released Clean Power Plan rules that will improve the health of our kids!

We all expect that the air we breathe is safe. But right now, power plants dump carbon and other pollution into the air that causes childhood asthma and other respiratory illnesses. No one wants that.

As a mom I am willing to fight all day long for my kids to play in the great outdoors, just like I did growing up. So I couldn’t be more excited that the EPA is standing with parents to create a Clean Power Plan that will offer credits and other incentives to shift to renewable energy.

Climate change and a lack of clean air are hurting our children and their future. As Dr. Ivor Douglas from Denver Health said, “Compared with my patients today, a girl born in 2015 will have a three-fold higher chance of extreme heat exposure and critical illness than her parents.”

We have a moral obligation to continue making Colorado a cleaner and healthier state to raise our families. Today is a great day for families who want their kids to run and play outdoors without risking their health. Thanks, Clean Power Plan!

Spread the word about the good news by sharing this photo on Facebook or Twitter — we need to show Colorado that moms support clean air for our kids!

– Emma


PS: Don’t forget to check out our press release below too:

Moms Applaud Clean Power Plan Rules to Clean Up Air Kids Breathe
Optimistic about the positive health benefits for kids and families

DENVER – Parents active with Colorado Moms Know Best are celebrating the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of Clean Power Plan rules today. The rules are expected to lead to a 35% decrease in carbon emissions in Colorado by 2030, which will improve air quality and kids’ health.

“Moms believe we have a moral obligation to protect children’s health and future, ensuring they have clean air is one of the very basics,” said Emma Pinter, “head mom” with Colorado Moms Know Best. “Cleaning up air pollution from power plants will decrease illnesses like childhood asthma that not only slow our kids down but also cost us billions of dollars each year.”

Air pollution is a major contributor to childhood asthma, a serious illness that accounts for more hospitalizations than any other chronic illness. One out of 10 Colorado kids have asthma, more than 135,000 kids across the state, and over 40% of those reported missing at least one day of school last year due to the condition.

“Colorado is in great shape to meet the standards since we’re already on track to reduce carbon pollution by 75% with policies already in place,” said Dana Gutwein. “I’m so proud to be a Coloradan, knowing we will be committed to putting the rules into motion because we value clean air, healthy kids and our outdoor lifestyle.”

Colorado has been a leader in renewable energy. In 2004, Coloradans passed the first state ballot initiative to establish a renewable energy standards; 29 states and the District of Columbia have since adopted similar standards. In the years since, Colorado has added tens of thousands of clean tech jobs with an average salary of $78,000, according to the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Energy Cluster report.   

Colorado Moms Know Best helped influence Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to adopt stricter air quality standards for oil and gas operations in the state of Colorado – and has been engaged in a campaign to promote the EPA’s Clean Air Power Plant rules.


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Mercury Rising

Did you know that fishing sites across Colorado are under “unsafe mercury levels” warnings according to the Colorado Department of Public Health? Ugh, and just in time for my town’s annual 4th of July children’s fishing derby! I grew up fishing with my parents and have passed this fun tradition on to our kids. I’m shocked that I have to worry about exposing my kids to such harmful pollution in our air and waterways.

CMKBkidgraphicThis week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to make it harder for the EPA to limit Mercury emissions. We know that mercury can causes tremors, birth defects and other serious problems so I have only one conclusion: The justices who voted for this must not have any children or grandchildren!

Disagreeing with the decision, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the EPA acted reasonably, and accused the court of micromanaging of the regulatory process. Those of us at Colorado Moms Know Best couldn’t agree more!

I’m fighting for my family to be able to fish and eat our fresh-caught meal without the fear of being poisoned. Who will stick with me and work clean air, clean water and the right to enjoy our great state for generations to come?

– Emma Pinter, Head Mom

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GUEST BLOG: On the Pope’s Encyclical

Hello Moms!

I am thrilled to be writing you today to applaud Pope Francis’ encyclical on reversing climate change. The document clearly articulates the need to limit fossil fuel pollution as a way to protect humanity and the natural world. I couldn’t agree more.

As a Catholic, I believe we have a moral obligation to protect the health of all people and be faithful stewards of Creation. Carbon pollution is not only making our kids sick with asthma and other illnesses, it’s driving climate change that’s causing hardship for children and families over the globe. 


An encyclical is a letter from the pope that, in recent decades, has typically been addressed to “all people of goodwill.” Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and climate change draws from the deep well of Church teaching on these issues. St. John Paul II spoke about human-caused climate change in 1990, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke about climate change and sustainability many times. Even before that, US bishops wrote about the threat of climate change in 1981 in a statement on energy.

I am blessed to live on a beautiful piece of land in Adams County and want to make sure that my children grow up free to play outdoors and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. As a mom and a Catholic I am looking forward to a year of supporting my children and praying for our earth. I hope you all will join me in doing all we can take care of our earth, our children and our future.

For more on the encyclical, read the Colorado Moms Know Best press release here.

– Robin  O’Dorisio

PS: Join other Colorado Moms Know Best on Facebook and share this image to raise awareness about this monumental day in the fight against climate change.

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Introducing Emma & Pics from the Mama Summit

Have you heard?

Colorado Moms Know Best has a new Head Mom: Emma Pinter. Read about her on the bio page and be sure to stop by on Facebook and welcome her.

On Friday, we attended Moms Clean Air Force’s “Mama Summit” at the State Capital in Denver. Mama Summit was a chance for moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country to show broad and united support for children’s health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan, setting we demanded action to protect the air our children breathe and called for action on climate change. May 29th was the first Colorado Mama Summit. Check out our Facebook photo album from the day on Facebook by clicking here.

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