Whistle Stop Rally for the People’s Climate March

Cheer on the Colorado marchers & hear from activists traveling to NYC

Tuesday, September 16th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Union Station, Denver, CO

When the world’s leaders gather in New York this fall to discuss climate change, tens of thousands of people will be there to urge them to take action before it’s too late. The People’s Climate March in NYC, happening Sunday, Sept. 21st, will be the largest climate march in history.

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Our allies at 350 Colorado are organizing a Whistle Stop Rally when the People’s Climate Train comes through Denver on it’s way to the march. We’re celebrating those going to NYC – both those already on the train and the Coloradans joining them. Train riders from CO and elsewhere will speak and there will be music, songs and more. We’re encouraging folks to wear green or blue. They’ll distribute Earth flags to wave and kazoos.

Ride the Train

Organizers with the Center for Biological Diversity are turning an Amtrak into a climate activists’ train going from West Coast to the East. It will feature workshops and plenty of camaraderie. Participants will arrive in NYC Thursday evening, in time for the build-up actions over the weekend before the People’s Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Learn more about about the train. Learn more about booking your ticket with the discount code a discount code. Email micah@350colorado if you want to go to NYC, but need a scholarship for your train ticket.

Support the Marchers

Can’t go, but want to help? Make a donation to help send a delegation from Colorado!

Informative Voting Guide – Vote411.org

The League of Women Voters just announced the launch of Vote411.org in Boulder County. This is a comprehensive voting guide with local, state and national candidates and ballot initiatives. It also includes general voting guidelines, such as how to register and where to vote. Visit Vote411.org to learn more, but don’t stop there. Get engaged in the process with the elections or candidates that matter most to you.

 

Polis Buckled Under Pressure of Oil and Gas

‘Tell Congressman Jared Polis that he Cannot Betray 300,000 Signatures Supporting Clean Air and Pure Water in Colorado’
Sign the Petition Now

At the eleventh hour, Polis reached a compromise with Governor Hickenlooper Monday to throw out the hundreds of thousands of petition signatures for two ballot initiatives Polis was supporting that would have protected citizen of Colorado from oil and gas development. The people of Colorado will not get a chance to take this important issue to the ballot this November. Instead, an eighteen member task force is being created. This commission will be chaired by Gwen Lachelt, LaPlata County Commissioner and founder of Earthworks. According to the Coloradan, the commission will be comprised of “six local politicians and residents, six industry representatives, and six ‘respected Coloradans.'”

“For the first time, this puts citizens on an equal footing with industry,” according to Polis. Will they adequately represent the hundreds of thousands of citizens of Colorado who supported taking this issue to the ballot? Will the legislature hear the recommendations of this commission if they do support stricter regulations for oil and gas development? Ask yourself and ask Polis, tonight:

Tuesday, August 5th
Press Conference @ 4 pm, Town Hall @ 5:30
Meadows Public Library
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303

 

We Are Your Eyes on Xcel

Update 7/9: Public Utilities Commission staff filed a request for a hearing on June 26th. The Commissioners granted that request today. Any petitions to intervene must be submitted by August 11th.  The hearing is set for December 2nd through December 5th, with a final ruling expected by February 13th, 2015.

On June 17th, Xcel Energy submitted a request to the Public Utilities Commission asking for a rate increase of $157 million annual increase. That could mean a 5.3% monthly increase for the average consumer.

Unlike almost everybody on earth, we are keeping an eye on Xcel and the PUC.  Xcel’s testimony alone is over 2,241 pages.  Believe it or not, those 2,241 pages are just the tip of the iceberg. Clean Energy Action is digging deeper to uncover the implications that this rate case could have on the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

We need your support to keep doing this work.

If Xcel wins, this would add $3.96 to every customer’s bill every month. Instead of paying that to Xcel, consider a monthly recurring donation to help us move them into the utility model of the 21st century.

Xcel is proposing some significant changes to their rate structure, including a proposal for decoupling, large capital investments from the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act, and restructuring the depreciation of their fossil fuel assets.

We cannot change the conversation about the future without your support.

 

Competitive Climate in Colorado Elections

It’s election season again…

For climate and energy issues, our elected representatives matter.  They can make a huge difference in the energy markets, for better or for worse.

Colorado State Legislature
U.S. Legislature
  • U.S. Senate – this is one of the most competitive races in the country
  • U.S. House –  7 seats up for re-election, one of which is considered highly competitive
Look up your local representatives.

Tell them you believe climate action is important. Ask them what they think about climate change and how they are going to fight for our and our childrens’ future.

Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy