Category Archives: Action Items

Support Sustainability on Earth Day

Boulder County Sustainability Funding Hearing

Tuesday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm
County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Hearing Room
1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

The Boulder County Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss the future of sustainability funding.  TABOR interferes, however this conversation may help us consider a county wide carbon tax that would fund energy efficiency and distributed generation. There are plenty of high-impact, low cost measures that could decrease our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and we think a carbon tax is the way to fund these programs.

Join us & show you care this Earth Day!


photo by NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center

Climate Action Across America

“Climate Action Across America” is a week-long, nation-wide, grass-roots effort next week (April 21 to April 25) to ask Congress to join the fight against climate change.  Our Congressional representatives are scheduled for a “constituent work week” that week, following Easter, so this is a great opportunity to call, write, or meet with our Congressional delegation or their staff about the need to support climate action.

On Saturday, April 26, the week will conclude with a rally in Washington, DC, to urge President Obama and Congress to reject the Keystone XL “export” pipeline, and to protect America’s people, land, water, and climate from the tar sands pipeline.  For more details, visit

In Colorado, here are in-state phone numbers to call to ask for a meeting or to leave a message supporting federal action to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for future climate disasters:

Wherever you live in Colorado, please call all of your Congressional representatives.  Regardless of their prior views on climate change, they need to hear from growing numbers of citizens who are concerned about climate change and willing to call their offices.

On Twitter, you can participate in “Climate Action Across America” by using the hash tags #ActOnClimate, #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica, and #CongressJoinTheClimateFight.

Colorado PUC takes the next bite at Net Metering

On April 9, the Commissioners of the Colorado PUC held a three hour informational meeting with presentations from Xcel, the collective solar parties, the Colorado Energy Office, the Office of Consumer Council, and Western Resources Advocates. The outlines of the process will start to firm up in May, but the parties laid out some general ideas for process and substance in PowerPoint presentations before a packed house.

As a quick recap, remember that this matter spun off from the 2014 RES compliance docket at the motion of the Colorado Energy Office. Their argument was, essentially, that if the value of solar was going to be debated it should get its own hearing instead of being stuck in the compliance plan almost as a sideshow. The CEO argued that severing the issues would “increase transparency and allow stakeholders from across the state to participate in the dialog related to incremental costs, net metering incentives, and solar energy rates.” (CEO motion 21 Jan 2014) The commissioners deliberated on the motion at their weekly meeting on January 29 and granted that motion shortly thereafter with much hand wringing about the structure of the new proceeding.

In response to that hand wringing, the commissioners held this informational meeting with the parties directed to discuss their “recommendations on the substantive issues the Commission should address in this proceeding, objectives the Commission should meet, and the best procedures satisfying those objectives.” (Decision No. C14-0294 in proceeding 14M-0235E) Continue reading Colorado PUC takes the next bite at Net Metering

Governor Hickenlooper Unsure About Climate Change

Tell Governor Hickenlooper that We Know the Climate Is Changing

This past Tuesday, March 18th, Governor Hickenlooper told Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner (in full interview, quote at 5:15) that:

“we don’t know whether the climate really is changing”

while discussing the impact of the 2013 flood and the plans for continuing to rebuild.

Tell Governor Hickenlooper that you agree with the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is happening – and is anthropogenic. We need our governor to know that we should be planning for the future – with adaptation strategies to plan for increasing natural disasters, such as floods and wildfires, and mitigation strategies, such as increasing renewable energies and shutting off fossil fuel burning power plants.

Humans vs. Fossils

You Helped Us Win

There was a bill in the legislature trying to reverse the 2012 Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that denied the right to exercise eminent domain for pipelines carrying oil.

UPDATE 4/2/14: !2:00 p.m. flash! We’ve just learned that this bill was “postponed indefinitely”, or killed, this session. The battle is not yet over. Industry will not quit and neither will the humans.

UPDATE 4/2/14: SB-93 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on March 13th. The second reading in the House will be on Friday, April, 4th – there is still time to contact your state Representatives to stop this bill. Our non-partisan message is that this is a property rights issue.

UPDATE 3/19/14: SB-93 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on March 13th.

UPDATE 3/12/14: We now know that this bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee TOMORROW 3/13. Our non-partisan message is that this is a property rights issue. It’s still best to contact your Representative below, but if you can also reach out to any of the members of the Committee, that would be helpful: House Judiciary Committee

Contact your State Representative to let your feelings be heard.

Sign the Petition


In 2012 the Colorado Supreme Court held that the statutory language of 38-5-105 did not encompass a petroleum pipeline company and that therefore the petroleum pipeline company was not entitled to exercise eminent domain. This authority was used by petroleum companies for decades before the Supreme Court weighed in. In particular, the Court said that a statute must authorize condemnation expressly or by necessary implication in order for a governmental entity to exercise the power of eminent domain. (Larson v. Sinclair Transp. Co., 2012 CO 36, 284 P.3d 42 (Colo. 2012)). The practical outcome of the decision was that the statute authorizes condemnation for the construction of electric power infrastructure only, not for petroleum pipelines. The proposed language of SB14-093 will permit condemnation for pipelines carrying petroleum products.