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Something’s Rotten in the People’s Republic of Boulder. Three Things, to be Exact.

Three things, to be exact.*

Update, via Indigo: Please please please urge people to come to the County-wide meeting tomorrow at 5 pm at the Courthouse. While City of Boulder may be protected for another year, many people who love, work, and commune in Boulder live in Boulder County not City of Boulder. And if the City of Boulder is surrounded by fracking wells, the poison will get into the “bubble”! We’ve got to try to stop these wells from taking over the county of Boulder.

Update: some good news! Boulder (the City, not County) has passed a one year moratorium on fracking within city limits. There’s a good deal of support, additionally, for a ballot. While this will have extremely limited protective impact on our health and our childrens’ health, it’s a welcome moment of standing up to the Natural Gas industry. Reminder: as City Councilor Ken Wilson reminded us: conserve. If we’re using more than a little natural gas (hot water, heat), we’re part of the problem. ~ ed.

If gmos, fracking & coal/gas corporations [*oh! And Wal-Mart finally succeeded in gaining entree to Boulder after three decades of trying!] can defeat the citizens of Boulder, then can and will win anywhere.

This morning, at Farmers’ Market, babies played while parents laughed and dogs played off in the creek and a jazz band played and we ate our lunch and drank our coffee and shopped for local goods from farmers and students laid about the grass, getting sun. But…something is rotten in the state of Boulder: three things, to be exact, undoing the paradise that we steward.

It’s as if Darth Vader’s Evil Empire has targeted the last “Green” Rebels and infiltrated the heart of their Capitol, only instead of ewoks you’ll find entrepreneurs, old hippies (made rich off being eco-entrepreneurs), SUV-driving permaculture-studying college students, yoga teachers and climbing cycling running software developers.

Boulder, Colorado has a long, proud history of guiding its own present and shaping its own future. Of benefiting our economy through our environmentalism, and vice versa. But now, in rapid succession, well-funded shady corporate giants have successfully pushed us to:

1. allow gmos on our taxpayer-funded Open Space. {For more info}

2. allow fracking in our County, fouling our water supply and harming our health. {For more info}

3. and, now, to support a ballot undoing what we voted for only a year ago—offering up 5,000 confused signatures supporting Xcel’s underhanded ballot measure to undo last year’s ballot measure, when we heroically voted to study municipalization, making our energy utility independent, cheaper and greener. {For more info} Note: this one’s not a done deal, though it looks bad. If you signed and didn’t know what you signed, or were white-lied to about what you were signing (this has been happening), or want to take your signature off, contact New Era and ask what to do.

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For the full story from New Era, click here. Excerpt:

Go home, Xcel. Decline to sign!

Xcel Energy is up to no good once again. They’re* attempting to place a ballot measure on the Boulder ballot that would effectively kill the city’s ability to make an informed decision about creating a greener, more affordable electric utility. This confusing and misleading ballot measure is a textbook example of how corporations attempt to influence and undermine our democracy.

They’re showing our community that they’ll stop at nothing and spend whatever it takes to protect their profits.

Tell Xcel to stop undermining our local process that voters already approved. It’s time for an energy future that’s based on innovation, not corporate control.

Petitioners will be collecting signatures throughout our community to place their initiative on the ballot—they’ll most likely be willing to say anything in order to meet their quotas and get paid.

Take the pledge: decline to sign Xcel’s misleading petition.

Let’s send a message loud and clear: Xcel, get your hands off our democracy!

read the rest here.

 

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Mark Hastings Jun 6, 2013 11:34am

Haha…. poor Boulder. poor poor Boulder. The solution is simple. More taxes and more government control……

Have fun!

elephantjournal Jun 4, 2013 10:07pm

[–]edwardrmurrow[S] 15 points 2 days ago

Amen to your basic point, but this isn't about equality, and you don't have to be racist to support banning fracking etc…that's a pretty offensive strawman, my anal friend.

This is about corporatism. Municipalization has been shown to be able to save money while bringing more jobs here (you can't outsource solar installation). Fracking is hardly about benefiting locals, and generally harms the health those who live and work in rural areas most. Those rich whites you're talking about love to spend money locally, and at farmers market–the resurgence of farms here in the past 15 years, when only a few were left, is a testament to that. Those glass eyesores (and I agree on that point) fund one of the best affordable housing programs in the country, thanks to our voters (not the developers), and mixed used is generally a plus, as opposed to strip malls.

As for Wal-Mart, there's already a dozen such big box stores within a short drive (Costco, Sam's Club, Best Buy etc), and Walmart (as has been reported on Reddit this week) leans heavily on taxpayers, paying its employees poorly, with weak benefits. Protecting small, local businesses keeps dollars in the local economy, which is one reason we survived the recession so well.

Sustainability as a buzzword is (often worse than) meaningless, sure—but climate change has caused the pine beetle's expansion, locally, which has harmed many who live on cheaper land in the mountains. Bike-ability makes it easier and cheaper to get around, and energysmart programs help us save money on our utilities—all good for middle and low-income families.

Your knee-jerk reaction may be inaccurate—but the inspiration behind it, to support all citizens, not just the rich, is one I and most of us will agree with.

My mom raised me here (before the real estate boom), we were too poor to have a car, tv or be able to keep our home, but I got a solid education and there's a reason folks want to live here, and move here, and businesses want to locate here. And I think most of that is worth protecting, and I see that much of that is being challenged, right now, by big money that could give a shit about any of us.

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[–]DeviatedNorm 3 points 1 day ago

As for Wal-Mart, there's already a dozen such big box stores within a short drive

As someone who used to live in North Boulder, none of those were a short drive. And they're ridiculously long bus rides. Once the KMart left, it was a long drive to any sort of big box store. This Walmart location is the only of its kind anywhere near the north half of town — we didn't have a suburb just a couple minutes away to drive to.

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[–]saurasaurus 1 point 1 day ago

Anytime you hear the word "Sustainability", grab your wallet and turn up the headphones. It's meaningless. "Pseustanability" is really what the word is about.

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[–]ClydeDog 2 points 1 day ago

Well said, but don't waste your time trying to reason with that jackass.

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[–]EarlobeAnalProbe -1 points 1 day ago

You're just adorable in that you think poor people have the choice to make that drive to Costco. You really have no idea what it's like to be poor do you?

Aside from that I feel where you're coming from.

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[–]heartbraden 4 points 1 day ago

If you live in Boulders city limits then neither do you.

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[–]edwardrmurrow[S] 1 point 1 day ago

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me." -Dudley Field

I appreciate most of your points, especially those I disagree with. (I could do with a little less condescension, but I know you're having fun).

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[–]lofi76 6 points 2 days ago

You seem shitty.

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[–]ClydeDog 5 points 1 day ago

Instead of trying to actually have an intelligent conversation with someone you disagree with, you resort to typing in caps and creating logical fallacies that do nothing to prove your point. I would love to hear different opinions in this sub, but you just come off as a raving idiot. You do make me laugh though, thanks for that.

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[–]notalitterer 6 points 2 days ago

This subreddit would be so much better without you.

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