Amber Hess: I’m pulling for the planet

I’m worried about all these intense hurricanes, droughts, and fires. Climate change just seems to be happening faster and faster. I’m afraid for my son’s future.

I think it is going to take all of us around the world, each of us doing everything we can, to slow this monster down.

That’s why I don’t want to throw away all our leverage and everything we’ve learned now that we’ve just earned a path forward for clean energy. We don’t have time to start over with more discussions but no concrete plans.

I don’t want to drop everything and surrender to Xcel. I trust us here in Boulder more than I do Xcel. And Xcel doesn’t share our goal of 100 percent clean energy. One hundred percent is what we need.

In all our time spent exploring municipalization, we’ve spent only a tiny fraction of what Xcel takes out of our community in just a single year in profit. Xcel just raised their rates by about $3 per household per month and are requesting another rate hike of 9.6 percent over the next four years.

So I’m happy to spend a couple of dollars a month to get out from under this and keep moving forward for clean energy.

I’m pulling for my son. I’m pulling for the planet. I’m voting yes on 2L, 2O, and 2P for a better future.

This Opinion appeared in the Colorado Daily.

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