Michael J. Holtz: Boulder should stay the course on muniPublished on: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Recently Open Forum has published a number of very insightful letters and commentaries — from Karen Conduff, Paul Culnan, Randy Compton, Chris Hoffman, Tim Schoechle and others — regarding municipalization of Boulder’s electric power system.
Each letter effectively addressed a specific topic, be it the ongoing PUC trial, ability to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources, Xcel Energy’s bold-face attempts to derail municipalization and other relevant topics. One theme running through each of these letters was: do not be fearful of municipalization. Xcel Energy and its surrogates have attempted to scare Boulder citizens about the city’s (our) ability to operate and maintain the power system, the legality of setting up an electric utility, the likely cost to buy the existing system, and our desire to do our part to address climate change.
I want to add my voice to these conscientious individuals and encourage all Boulderites to stay the course on municipalizing our electric power system. Anything that is truly important and worthwhile is going to be hard, complex and take time — and be opposed by the incumbent entity. So do not become discouraged or buy into the misleading arguments of Xcel Energy, stay the course to municipalization Boulder, stay the course.
We and many future generations will be rewarded for our dedication and courage.
This Letter to the Editor was originally published in the Daily Camera.