Bob Morehouse: Encourage local action like the muniPublished on: Monday, November 21, 2016
Letter to the editor:
Following the ugliest presidential election campaign in modern history, there are many losers. Civility tops the list. And truth. But perhaps the biggest loser of all was the Earth. We don’t know the future, but one thing is clear: action around climate change has to happen at the local, grass-roots level.
Many people ask, “As an individual, what can I possibly do to make a difference for climate change?” And my answer is invariably the same: The single most effective thing we can do is encourage our civic leaders to municipalize our electric utility. This will enable local control, increase innovation and distributed supply, and provide a rapid pathway to renewable fossil-free electricity.
Building on a decade’s work from a broad consensus of the community, a cleaner energy future is in sight. A legitimate separation plan from Xcel is before the Public Utilities Commission. The economics look promising. What is needed now is the political will to follow through.
Make no mistake, well-meaning but powerful corporate, libertarian, and garden-variety anti-government forces are hoping to derail the municipalization effort. Their tactic is to force a “settlement” with Xcel, which might inch us closer to our renewable goals, but will inevitably leave out local control and the vital innovation that could boost our local energy economy.
If you care about climate change, now’s the time to speak up. Tell the council to stay the course (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let them know you have their backs. Tell businesses to get involved in bringing clean energy to Boulder. Our national leaders may put climate change on the back burner. Let’s prove that local action can make a difference.
Bob Morehouse lives in Boulder.
This letter to the editor was originally published by Boulder Daily Camera