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Paula Noonan: "There’s no getting around it. It’s the intersection of the negative impacts of racism and discrimination and the positive ideals of freedom and equality that makes our history exceptional. After all, this nation declares that we seek to form a more perfect union."
Paula Noonan: "Oil and gas is a boom/bust industry. Not long ago, oil was priced below profitability. Today, the market has rebounded so it’s making money. But with the pressure of climate change and energy competition from renewables, the fate of oil and gas over the long term is dark with prices volatile."
Paula Noonan: "The number of passed bills shows the consistent power of Democrats who controlled both chambers. But Republicans pitched in as sponsors to make the session more bipartisan than expected in a polarized state. In fact, it looks like Colorado may be a template for the nation, a starting place for common ground."
Paula Noonan: "With earth facing the most carbon dioxide in its atmosphere in four million years, well before homo sapiens arrived, we have some 'nick-of-time' legislation. These are climate change bills designed to do Colorado’s part in reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) bake effect."
Paula Noonan: "With the state legislature winding up its work, our attention will move to redistricting Colorado’s Congressional and state House and Senate districts. A recent essay by GOP Rep. Colin Larson, HD-22 in south Jeffco, stated that the 2011 redistricting resulted in gerrymandered districts and that Democrats were responsible. This is revisionist history."
Paula Noonan: "After the 2022 session, when new districts are in play, it’s unknowable now as to which legislators will return to the Capitol. In other words, this is the second to the last session for this batch of legislators based on these districts to work these problems."