Micah Parkin Micah Parkin, November 3, 2017

by Micah Parkin

Dear Editor,

Wondering how to vote on 2L, 2O, and 2P? If you are at all concerned about climate change, there’s only one way to vote – yes!

350 Boulder County, 350 Colorado and even the founder of 350.org – renowned author Bill McKibben – have all endorsed Boulder’s efforts to create a local electric utility because we know that doing so is the only way that we’re going to achieve the rapid transition to 100% clean renewable energy in the timeframe that science requires.

Here’s why. At current rates of global emissions, we’ll burn our “carbon budget” for a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees C by 2025 (according to “The Sky’s Limit” report).

Time is very short. Yet Xcel intends on being largely fossil fueled decades into the future.

Boulder knows better. We self-imposed the nation’s first carbon tax to do our part to address climate change. We know we have a responsibility to do all in our power to transition rapidly to a fossil free future. It may take a few years more to make this happen, but there is no Planet B.

$2 extra per month on our electric bills for a couple of years to finish the legal and technical exploration into creating a local renewable energy-powered utility is worth it. Especially in light of the $30M in pre-tax profits Xcel takes out of our city every year to pay shareholders, multi-million dollar executive salaries, jets and the like.

Please vote yes on 2L, 2O, and 2P!

Micah Parkin

Executive Director

350 Colorado

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