Matt Jones For County Commissioner

Announcement News Release

Today State Senator Matt Jones announced he is running for Boulder County Commissioner. His life experience, new solutions and proven progressive leadership uniquely qualifies him to be an effective commissioner.
“Having twice survived cancer, I know what it is like to be knocked down. I also know how to keep hope, get back up and come back stronger, just as we must stand up to Donald Trump and regressive policies. We must keep Boulder County a leader on climate, public lands, transportation, and education. We cannot let Trump and the federal government undercut the progress Boulder County has made. We have a great county. I’ll fight to keep it that way.”
Jones combines his strong life experience with extensive success at the state and local government level. He has served as State Senator and State Representative for 13 years, much of that in leadership positions. He has 18 years of local government experience as a Boulder open space and trails planner and part-time wild-land firefighter, including working on the 2010 Fourmile fire. Jones is currently Deputy Minority Leader for Conservation, Clean Energy and Climate Change in the State Senate. As commissioner, he would continue to promote wind and solar energy, fight oil and gas corporations, stand up for Northwest Rail and transportation funding, and defend health care security as a right.
Jones lives in Louisville with his wife Shari Heinlein and their pets. Their daughter Jessica recently graduated college with honors and has started a small business.
Commissioner Cindy Domenico is term limited in 2018 and cannot run again.

 

DENVERPOST: Sen. Matt Jones: West’s legacy depends on clean power system

For Full Article: http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2016/03/07/colorado-clean_power-reduces-climate-change/125167/

Clean Energy, Clean State
By Sen. Matt Jones

A dark plume of smoke rose up from over the hill. I stood, Pulaski in hand, and watched. “House,” I thought. They burn darker. It was the second day of the 2010 Four Mile fire. I was with my friends on an open space firefighting crew, and I couldn’t help thinking that things have changed. Wildfires were becoming more frequent, large and extreme.

Though a small part of my job, I had been wildland firefighting qualified for 17 years, working mostly on prescribed burns. That day, watching someone’s home and life possessions climbing skyward in the plume, I was reminded of a 60 Minutes’ “Age of Megafires” episode. They interviewed the country’s fire-hardened lead firefighter. He was asked about people who don’t believe in climate change.

His reply: “You won’t find them on the fire line in the American West anymore, because we’ve had climate change beaten into us over the last 10 or 15 years. We know what we’re seeing and we’re dealing with a period of climate in terms of temperature and humidity and drought that’s different than anything people have seen in our lifetimes.”

We Coloradans love the outdoors. Who can blame us. We’re blessed with lots of beauty, and the freedom to recreate in this outdoor splendor. We have the moral responsibility to protect this land and our clean air and water. Our legacy depends on a clean power system.

We have a choice, clean energy with “free” fuel or traditional sources that pollute. Wind, solar and energy efficiency enables us to be not only be clean and productive – it has also become the right choice based on cost. Today wind, solar and energy efficiency are cost competitive or cheaper than traditional fossil fuels. And they don’t have the associated costs of air pollution like mercury, ozone and a brown cloud.

That is why Colorado should continue to forge ahead and keep our image of clean energy in a clean state. It provides good local jobs and small business opportunity.

Some legislators don’t have that clean-Colorado vision. They are running legislation, at the behest of corporate polluters and out-of-state billionaires, to make it impossible to clean up our energy supply or advance the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution.

This means not only dirtier air and more cost, but fewer small business and good-paying job opportunities that come from impossible to outsource solar and wind power and energy efficiency construction jobs.

We can fail to act, and have future generations rightfully criticize us for shortsightedness and the extreme consequences. But that would be a horrible thing to do to our kids and grandkids. We know things we can do right now to keep Colorado clean and beautiful for the ages, and all we need is the will to make them happen.

Older Press

August 10, 2012 – Legislators grill RTD officials on slow growth of rail to the north

August 10, 2012 – RTD officials face legistlative grilling over commuter rail delay

March 21, 2012 – Local lawmakers tell Longmont residents that partisan divides don’t always produce gridlock

March 13, 2012 – Legislative Update: Getting Things Done at the Capitol

February 21, 2012 – Louisville Rep. Jones oil, gas bill dies in House Committee

February 16, 2012 – Guest Column: Jobs still the Main Goal at Colorado Legislature

January 23, 2012 –  Colorado Lawmaker to Introduce Fracking Bill

January 19, 2012 – Representative Matt Jones Advocates Local Control of Fracking

January 18, 2012 – St. Vrain Valley Voices: New Energy, New Jobs for Colorado

August 18, 2011 – Matt Jones Announces State Senate Bid