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All the Easy Things Have Been Done—a Response to Ken Wilson


Second Flat Iron, Boulder, CO by Chad Podoski (flickr creative commons)

Good grief, Ken Wilson is such a raging pessimist. We get it, Ken, this is going to be hard. But evidently you did not get the memo: All the easy things have been done. Yes, we’re up against a multi-billion-dollar utility, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, all devoted to preserving the status quo. Yes, we can’t expect to get this done without a big fight. Yes, we’re not going to win every contest. But, if we stick with it and pull it off we’ll get to keep $35 million in profits that Xcel takes out of our community each year, we’ll be able to bring some of the salary expense of running the utility into our own local economy, and we’ll no longer be subsidizing growth and inefficiency all across the state. This is all worth the try, and we don’t need you telling us to punt on second down.

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