Our statement on municipalization at April 4 Boulder City Council meeting

Our testimony during the public comment period at Boulder City Council’s meetings on April 4, 2017.

Hello City Council Members, thank you so much for your time today and thank you for all you do to make our community so great.

My name is Molly Fitzpatrick and I am the Organizing Director with New Era Colorado. We’ve been organizing young people in Boulder for eleven years to engage them in our democracy and move our community and our state forward.

I am here today to urge you to continue moving forward with the PUC process.

New Era has been supporting municipalization since at least 2011, because it is our generation that will pay the biggest price for inaction on climate change. We believe municipalization is still Boulder’s best tool to reach our community’s climate and renewable energy goals, while opening the door for locally-driven innovation in our electricity system and maintaining rates and reliability for our whole community.

Our community’s priorities are clear: Boulder’s voters have had many occasions on which to express their support for both municipalization and climate action. This commitment to a clean energy future has never wavered, and is a commitment we must maintain now more than ever.

President Trump is rolling back every bit of progress we’ve made on climate on the national level, which means that bold, local action is quite literally one of the only tools we have left to fight climate change.

Boulder must continue to lead—out of our own obligation to fight this crisis and reduce our community’s’ contributions to it, and because other communities are looking to ours to lead the way. Who will lead, if not us?

Municipalization remains the best tool we have to meet our community’s climate commitments. Xcel’s proposed settlement options are little more than a distraction. Though Boulder has a constitutional right to municipalize, they have delayed and obstructed this process nearly every step of the way. Their franchise settlement option contains little accountability, and takes our clean energy future out of our community’s hands—which flies in the face of the path our city’s voters have affirmed in election after election.

We have come so far, blazing a trail as our city has many times before. Rather than revert to business as usual and stunt our city’s progress towards our commitments, please continue with the PUC process.

Thank you again for your time and consideration. We greatly respect and appreciate every ounce of energy that each one of you has put into this project, and thank you for all you do.

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