Xcel Energy, the people who started up the Colorado solar-to-home movement only to withdraw from it quicker than John Wayne Bobbitt lost his wang, are back at the douchebaggery again. Â This time, a group of very smart and very environmentally conscious people called New Era Colorado is putting the kibosh on their plans for coal-fired world domination. Â Check this out:
From the video page:
This is a grassroots David and Goliath campaign to create a landmark model for how communities can take control of their energy future:Â http://igg.me/at/localpowerYou can support this effort on Indiegogo:http://igg.me/at/localpower
This is pretty great. Â These folks are simply trying to stop the mass amounts of money from flowing into the pockets of the “we don’t give a shit” power brokers and back into the hands of the community, and to save the Earth one city at a time. Â Can you imagine what would happen if this works? Â I for one would love to see solar panels and wind turbines out en masse instead of coal fired plants spewing black death into the atmosphere. Â But, that’s just me. Â I’m sure the Xcel Energy executives need their Mercedes and homes in the Hamptons, too. Â Right?
Check out the Campaign for Local Power’s IndieGogo campaign. Â Feeling frisky? Â Donate ten bucks, you’ll literally change the world.
From the IndieGogo campaign website:
Back in 2011, our community did something no other community had ever done before: we voted to explore taking control of our power supply for the sole purpose of lowering our impact on the planet. Xcel Energy spent nearly $1 million dollars on that election, but lost–because a committed group of community advocates and a small nonprofit that engages young people in politics won the day. Outspent 10-to-1, the grassroots coalition registered voters, knocked on doors, and made thousands of phone calls.
With voter approval, the city launched an extensive analysis and found that it could get cleaner, cheaper power that was just as reliable all on its own.
But now, Xcel is back, with a misleading initiative theyâ€™ve helped place on Boulderâ€™s fall ballot that would stop the cityâ€™s formation of a local electric utility dead in its tracks. Their ballot measure is masquerading as a way to reduce government debt, but itâ€™s really just a dirty trick–the measure includes impossible, even illegal, requirements that would stall out the very process voters already approved.
Theyâ€™re back to undermine our local process, because the cityâ€™s findings made it clear that they stand to lose more than the $35 million dollars in profits they make annually from Boulder. They know that Boulder is on the verge of setting a precedent of national significance that would threaten not just Xcel, but the very core of the coal energyâ€™s business model–not to mention that industryâ€™s billions of dollars in profits.
We out-organized them in 2011, and we know we can again in 2013 if we have the resources to achieve the reach we need. Boulder has already voted to move forward–this fight is about keeping the coal industry from holding us back.
Can you help these smart people defeat the coal giant in the region? Â Like New Era Colorado on Facebook, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. Â Xcel Energy will not.