Lili Francklyn: We are all HoustonPublished on: Monday, September 4, 2017
Watching the horrific events unfold in Houston, I’m more grateful than usual for the foresight Boulder has displayed over the decades to protect its open spaces and wild ecosystems, its precious water and air resources.
Characteristically, Boulder was among the first American cities to take action to protect its climate. Houston on the other hand, embarked on a greedy, devil-may-care development binge, eschewing zoning, planning, building codes and restrictions on housing in flood zones. Meanwhile, anti-government Texas Republicans proudly strut their climate denial and do everything in their power to prevent Congress from taking action on climate change. Houston’s hapless people are now paying the price. Tragically, they will soon pay again.
Here in Boulder, we’ve embarked on a bold project to actually do something about climate change. We’re proposing to dump our investor-owned utility and invest in local power — something that will give us the freedom to innovate, and develop all the renewable energy we want, how we want. Some of us are tired of the decades-long, head-banging battle to get more clean energy. This is a battle with people who — like Houston — seem utterly oblivious to the price we will pay if we fail to act immediately and move forward with this, the only solution to climate change.
This November, Boulder voters can support that effort by choosing to finance continued efforts to develop local power. It’s a minute expense compared to the costs of climate change ($4 billion for our 2013 floods alone). We are close to achieving a major milestone. I was at the PUC deliberations on our case; the commissioners have given us a promising path forward. I urge everyone to think big and support Boulder in this ground-breaking effort. Nothing is impossible.
This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the Daily Camera.