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Micah Parkin: Responsible by nature?

Letter to the Editor:

My young children learned long ago how to connect the dots. It seems that Xcel hasn’t yet learned this skill (“Xcel still spending on coal,” Daily Camera, Jan. 25).

The dots are clear: Xcel’s coal plants pump carbon dioxide into the air. Excess carbon dioxide causes global warming. Global warming is getting worse. (According to NASA and NOAA, 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.) Worsening global warming brings more floods, heat waves, droughts and “severe, pervasive, and irreversible” harm, according to the overwhelming majority of experts. Non-polluting alternatives to coal exist and are getting less expensive by the day. (The New York Times reports that in some markets renewable generation is cheaper than coal or natural gas.) Colorado has abundant renewable resources.

These are the dots. But instead of connecting them, Xcel is wasting ratepayers’ money to extend the life of outdated coal plants in order to pad their bottom line. Businesses must make money, but they should also act responsibly.

Instead of being “Responsible by Nature” (their motto), Xcel is putting profit above the well-being of all of our children.

Micah Parkin

This letter to the editor was originally published by Boulder Daily Camera