Rick Tazelaar: See PUC Process Through


I encourage the City Council to resist the calls to stop the PUC process next week, and stick with it long enough to hear the PUC’s judgment in June as to our best path forward.

I liken Boulder’s current quest to provide for a clean-energy future to a long hike up a mountain. I don’t know about you, but most of the time I hike up to the top of the hill for the view. To see what is only visible from the highest vantage point.

Today, however, we are not yet at the top, from where we will have a view into our future. No, we’re not quite there, but we’ve worked long and hard to get to a point where the PUC can provide us with its directions for moving forward. That will be our view, and we will have it by mid-June.

So I ask, why turn back now? Why stop when we are so close to the top — to a clear view of what’s ahead?

Yes, we may get to the top and see that there are more hills to navigate. But we also may see that the road ahead is easier than we had thought. My point is that we cannot know exactly what we’ll see if we turn around now and give up.

We knew it would be a tough climb way back when we started. We’ve encountered some rocky paths along the way, of course, but that goes with the undertaking. And it’s always steepest at the top, isn’t it? But Boulder’s people are made of tough stock. We will make it up this peak.

Please, council members, see the PUC process through to the commission’s June decision date.

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