Home cooks beware: Colorado Democrats in the State Legislature are attempting to pass a bill that is the first step in banning the use of your gas stove and will increase the cost of housing in the state.
Unlike in California, where cities are straight up banning the use of natural gas, our legislators are using a stealth approach to forever alter the way you cook your food.
The bill, HB22-1362, has no bipartisan support but it marched out of the House Committee on Energy and Environment pretty much under the radar with little public engagement. The bill would mandate that certain newly constructed and renovated homes in Colorado be built under the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) – a strict building standard that would make accessing natural gas more difficult and more expensive.
We already know that this is the end goal of the legislation because of what’s happening in Louisville where residents are struggling to rebuild after the Marshall fire. Last year, the city had voted to implement the 2021 IECC along with additional policies that would “require that newly constructed residential and commercial buildings [be] built either with all electric systems and appliances.”
“All electric systems and appliances” are clear code words for no more gas stoves.
Thankfully the city backed off after homeowners protested over increased costs, as the AP reported: “The council voted 5-2 to allow affected residents to rebuild under the city’s 2018 codes instead of the 2021 codes. … After the fire, some residents complained that the regulations would add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of rebuilding.”
To keep this process even further out of the public eye, the bill also requires that “the Colorado Energy Office shall identify for adoption model electric and solar ready code language.”
That’s more code words for unelected bureaucrats who will write some as-yet-to-be-determined rules that are another step toward banning your gas stove.
Confused yet? That’s the point.
In a Colorado Women’s Alliance poll of Colorado’s female voters, women identified the rising cost of housing as one of their top policy concerns. This bill does nothing but add to the cost. At a time of skyrocketing inflation and rising energy prices, this is pure madness.
This is how the political process works nowadays. Politicians won’t tell you that they are taking away your gas stove, they just start a years-long regulatory process behind the scenes, and one day, you wake up and you’re unable to build a new home or remodel your kitchen with a gas stove.
So, for those who want to cook over an open flame, or heat their homes with inexpensive natural gas, you might want to pay attention to what’s going on behind the scenes at the State Capitol. Women and families cannot afford to pay the ultimate cost of this bill.
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was one of the leading scientists in the development of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. The first person to get the vaccine in the U.S. was also a Black woman, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The Colorado Women’s Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on the issues of greatest importance to women has identified accessible healthcare as one of the top issues for Colorado women this year. Women have been amongst the first to get the vaccine nationwide, with more than 75 percent of healthcare workers being female (National Women’s Law Center), and still some, particularly women of color, are hesitant to embrace it. The group, while not taking a position one way or another, plans to convene town hall meetings, bringing together experts who can answer questions that women might have about the COVID-19 vaccines. The town hall meetings will be held during Women’s History Month in March. They’re asking for your help in determining what information you’d like to have and who you’d like to hear from.
Please visit www.ColoradoWomensAlliance.org to take a brief survey that asks, “Will you get the COVID19 vaccine and if not, why not?” The Alliance will bring in experts, based on your responses on what you need to know and who you would trust to provide information. Watch for information on the town halls in our March issue.
January 7, 2021
Colorado Women’s Alliance statement on the violence at our Nation’s Capitol
If you’ve ever been to Washington, DC you have undoubtedly experienced a feeling of awe, pride in our Country, respect and a sense of connection for our history and all those who walked before us through the halls of our Capitol. The violence that occurred within the halls of Congress on January 6, tarnished that spirit.
Like so many others, today we are grieving for our Country, for the loss of life, loss of law and order, civility and failure of respect for our treasured institutions. We condemn the actions of those who went beyond peaceful and civil demonstration and instead chose violence. We recognize that the majority of those in attendance were there to voice their opinions to lawmakers, not through violence, but through peaceable means.
Our hope is that we use this as a turning point that motivates each of us toward respectful deliberation on the future of our nation.
The Board and Staff of the Colorado Women’s Alliance
Illustration on recruiting Conservative women for office by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times more >
By Jeff Hunt – – Wednesday, July 8, 2020
When I was a young teenager, I was busted for spray painting on a neighbor’s house. When the police contacted my mom, she dragged me up to the neighbor’s house, forced me to apologize, handed me a brush and a bucket, and ordered me to clean up the mess.
Drive by downtown Denver after the recent protests, and you still see graffiti on the side of the capitol from crimes committed weeks ago. We need America’s conservative women to restore sanity to our rebellious nation.
As a board member of the Colorado Women’s Alliance and chairman of the Western Conservative Summit, I get a chance to interact with center-right women leaders regularly. Like my mom, they have a strong sense of right and wrong, and they won’t tolerate bad behavior. They speak their mind, are clear on where they stand, and expect the best for our families and communities. They are empowering and inspiring community leaders.
This type of leadership is appealing to voters as well. Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District defeated a five-term Republican incumbent by voting in a conservative mom and business owner, in part because of her “no-nonsense” attitude toward the left’s radical agenda.
While the recent protests began by seeking justice for the murder of George Floyd, they quickly turned into out-of-control mobs destroying businesses, vandalizing statues, desecrating the American flag, and even assaulting and murdering innocent civilians. Protesters scream horribly racists remarks toward Black police officers and threaten to “burn down this system” if they don’t get what they want.
According to a recent Pew study, a majority of those attending protests are young, white, suburban liberals. Take a look at Antifa mug shots and it’s pretty clear that these young people need parental intervention in their lives.
Conservative women of America, Uncle Sam needs you.
You see what is happening in our communities is not right. You know America can be better, more principled, more peaceful. The way you look at the world is correct. Our country needs your leadership, your voice, your strength.
If you’re like my wife, you’re already improving this world in a variety of ways. You work hard, you volunteer, many of you are raising families. It is because of your success in all these areas that we need your help to lead our communities.
If you’ve ever had the inkling to run for office, now is the time. If you’re frustrated by your local school board, mayor, congressperson or senator, be the change in your community. If you’re passionate about a particular issue, we need you to lead the fight.
America is losing its sense of right and wrong, of the difference between good behavior and bad behavior. Too often, weak politicians won’t lead because they’re afraid of what the mob will say about them. Like ineffective parents, they place a higher value on their child’s perception of them than what is right or wrong and preparing their child to be a good person.
I was not happy that my mom forced me to spend hours scrubbing graffiti off a neighbor’s house. It was embarrassing, and I was angry, but I learned my lesson, and I became a better person because of her good parenting.
I hope you can take inspiration from Queen Esther in the Bible. You cannot remain silent right now. I believe God has placed you in a “royal position for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
Jeff Hunt is the chairman of the Western Conservative Summit and board member of the Colorado Women’s Alliance.
Katie Parkins- July 31, 2018
First Appeared in The Westminster Window
Amid what many United States citizens have been characterizing as a highly partisan and divisive time, the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Women’s Alliance tried to change the conversation – at least in Colorado.
The two organizations hosted a panel of bi-partisan women who had served in public office to discuss how they managed to run for office and still maintain a work/life balance.
The larger takeaway for audience members was that things are all right, after all.
“The partisanship we hear so much about and the fighting isn’t really as bad as we think,” said CWA Executive Director Joni Inman.
Joni Inman- May 12, 2018
First Appeared in The Denver Post
The Colorado Women’s Alliance recently asked nearly 2,000 women across the state to identify the most important issue that the governor and state legislature should be addressing.
Jill Cullis – May 3, 2018
“There is a misperception that increased funding will improve outcomes. That is simply false. Just because you pour more money into education, doesn’t mean it makes it to the classroom, where it needs to be in order to meet the essentials for our students.”
By: Editor on Apr 29, 2018
Headlines recently have focused on thousands of teachers across the country who have walked out of their classrooms and marched on state Capitols, lobbying legislators for increased funding for salaries and pensions.
So if the education dollars are there, and teachers aren’t getting raises, where is that money going?