In a talk a few days ago at Yale University, Bill McKibben pointed out that even if every nation kept their promises made with the Paris Climate Accords, the actions are small and slow enough that temperatures would continue to rise something like 3.5 degrees Celsius in the lifetime of today’s college students. And if we indeed allow that to happen, it will end civilization as we know it. That is the bottom line.
Our job now, McKibben said, is to pick up the pace of addressing climate change. “Climate change,” he said, “is a war in which winning slowly is just another way of losing.” Xcel’s proposed path forward, which keeps burning coal until 2070, and at best would still be 45 percent fossil fueled, is simply too slow — it’s just another way of losing. (Xcel recently filed to increase the average residential rate by 9.6 percent over the next four years.)
I’m in favor of keeping civilization and preserving the planet that we love. If you’re college age, or love someone who is of college age, vote yes on Ballot Issue 2L to keep us moving forward for clean energy and a livable future.
This Letter to the Editor Appeared in the Boulder Weekly.