Dryden Mills: Xcel not moving fast enoughPublished on: Friday, September 22, 2017
Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, plus a wildfire season that is shaping up to be one of the worst in U.S. history, and, around the globe, massive floods in Bangladesh, the worst drought in Portugal in more than 20 years, and the list goes on. Climate change is moving faster than we are.
Though right now the future may look dire, we can choose a better future.
To glimpse the outcomes of the wrong choices, take a look at the CU Environmental Center’s webpage of what Boulder might look like in a warmer, dryer climate. Also, you can check out Climate Central’s new web-interactive tool that shows the reality of future heat. If current emission trends continue, Boulder will have 74 more days above 95 degrees by 2100.
It’s clear we need to make choices to switch from climate-polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy as quickly as possible. As Bill McKibben says, “With climate change, winning slowly is the same as losing.”
Xcel’s proposal of achieving 55 percent renewables by 2026 will put Xcel at the level that Iowa’s MidAmerican Energy achieved back in 2016. Xcel would put us, at best, 10 years behind Iowa. (By 2019, MidAmerican will be close to 90 percent renewables.)
If Xcel does follow through with its proposal, it’s definitely a good move. But it’s not enough. After Pearl Harbor, we declared war. After Harvey and Irma (not to mention Katrina and Sandy) what are we doing? Where is the national mobilization? It seems to be left to states and cities to take the lead.
That’s why at this coming election my choice will be to vote in favor of ballot measures 2L, O, and P to Liberate Our Power.
This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Daily Camera.