Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, and we are seeing the effects in Colorado firsthand. Rising temperatures, widespread drought, extensive wildfires, and air pollution pose a threat to both our environment and economy. In 2020 alone, Colorado suffered $1.7 billion in costs from wildfires and drought. Therefore It is absolutely essential that we invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation now. The Build Back Better Plan, which President Joe Biden visited Colorado this week to promote, would invest in improving our country’s infrastructure and shifting to greener energy over the next eight years, putting the country on track to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.