Bex Klafter: Future generations need us to pursue muni


When my parents were in college, no one was talking about climate change. They were not aware of the hugely detrimental repercussions of burning fossil fuels, the possibility of a warming world with unpredictable weather patterns, nor the impacts of rapidly rising and acidifying oceans.

Today, we know that global climate change imminently threatens populations around the world.

As a college student studying environmental science, I constantly worry about pressing environmental issues destroying our ecosystems, decimating resources for future generations, and disproportionately impacting already marginalized groups.

Boulder displayed impressive environmental stewardship when we decided to protect future generations and the planet by committing to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. To reach this commitment, slash our carbon emissions, and demonstrate to the world that Boulder will fight for the planet, we need a municipal utility.

Just as reliable and the same cost as our current Xcel Energy grid, this municipal utility will have more renewable sources in the mix, creating a much more environmentally sustainable electricity system. Currently, only 22 percent of our energy from Xcel Energy comes from renewable sources. That is unacceptable. Our climate crisis mandates a swift transition to renewable electricity sources so that our children, and their children, will have clean air to breathe, unpolluted water to drink, and a habitable planet to live on.

 Young people face the realities of a warming planet and unprecedented environmental disasters which our current federal administration seems wholly unprepared to address. Therefore, we must look to our local governments for much-needed, immediate, and effective action. Municipalization is the solution: my generation, and future generations, will thank you.

This Letter to the Editor was originally published in the Daily Camera.