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Letter: Coloradoans impacted by climate change

Vice President Biden’s visit to Colorado to survey the damage caused by recent flooding highlights the increasing impact climate change, and the extreme weather it creates, has on small employers, consumers and our economy.

The flooding caused an estimated $2 billion in damages to Colorado’s businesses and homes. There’s no ignoring the fact that Coloradans are being impacted by climate change and extreme weather, and we need to think proactively about how to combat it.

Long before the rains hit our state, Small Business Majority asked small employers what they think about extreme weather. The majority said climate change and extreme weather are a serious problem that disrupts the economy and hurts small businesses. In fact, a third of small employers nationwide had personally been impacted by extreme weather. The countless Colorado businesses affected by the wildfires earlier this summer and the recent heavy rains know all too well how extreme weather can act as a catalyst for catastrophe.

It’s critical we implement extreme weather preparedness plans to address climate change in the short-term, and embrace smart clean energy policies that can help mitigate climate change and prompt innovation in the long-term. Small businesses, and our nation, will be the better for it.

Tim Gaudette

Colorado Outreach Manager

Small Business Majority

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