Colorado is proposing a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap for the next decade, with fossil fuel use by cars and methane emissions from oil and gas operations squarely in the crosshairs.

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The draft plan issued Wednesday targets a 26% reduction in total GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 2025, and a 50% reduction by 2030. 

These goals, along with a longer-term objective to slash emissions 90% by 2050, were first established under House Bill 1261 passed in 2019. The legislation is known as the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, aka the Climate Action Plan. Last year also saw the passage of Senate Bill 181, which specifically strengthened environmental oversight of the oil and gas industry.

The draft analysis “shows transportation is now the leading source of...