By Max R. Weller
See the article from the online Daily Camera. Comment by “yesiyam” follows, copied in its entirety:
A three hour session?
Any group of 9 reasonably sane individuals would have spent 5 minutes, max, to declare the idea of municipalization off-the-charts crazy.
Were you waking up every day thinking, “You know, the city of Boulder really needs to do a hostile takeover of the Xcel Energy Company,” before this madness was instigated by a very small collection of enviro-radicals and transplanted anti-capitalist zealots? Before favorable “analysis” was concocted by the “city’s consultants”- who, incidentally, are lined up on Canyon Blvd. halfway to Nederland for their chunk of the muni’s bottomless fee gold mine?
Boulder’s move to seize Xcel’s business here has nothing to do with energy sources or environmental concerns. Those are just pretexts for the true objective: A HUGE EXPANSION OF BOULDER CITY GOVERNMENT! This means more power for government to exercise control over people’s lives. Greater control, of you and your money, is Boulder city government’s sole purpose in taking over Xcel.
Are you aware that this boondoggle will cost taxpayers at least $500,000,000? Notice how that tiny little detail now gets left out of all the meetings and articles about “analysis” and “models.” Certainly can’t let something so inconsequential as economic reality get in the way of a good “Boulder Saves Mankind” fairy tale.
If we wanted to go out and UNNECESSARILY spend half a billion dollars like this; we could do things that would transform this city and the lives of every resident and family in it for the better. Not give a half a billion away to Xcel, lawyers, consultants, and city bureaucrats for the remote possibility of dubious small improvements in a commodity WE ALREADY HAVE.
Read that again: A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS. Now call the city and ask why the snow isn’t plowed on the side streets, or why the shattered sidewalk on your block hasn’t been replaced, or why weeds have taken over the medians. Ask them why streets that have fallen apart aren’t repaired, or why there is virtually no public art in this town, no beautification programs, why this or that basic service is being reduced, or why amenities found in cities everywhere are missing here.
They will tell you: “There’s no money.” Think about that.
If Utopia Power and Light opens shop in Boulder your electricity and gas rates will SKYROCKET. Have you ever seen the price for anything controlled by the government go in any direction but up? Way up?
If you believe that UP&L’s rates will be equivalent or lower than Xcel’s for longer than the blink of an eye than you need to look at the rate history around here for government run bus service, recreation centers, water service, sewer service, new higher fees constantly tacked on to everything, etc., etc.
You might also compare Utopia Power and Light’s pricing promises with the guarantees you received that your medical insurance premiums were going to go down by at least $2500 under Obamacare. Lies like these are ALWAYS part of the playbook used to sell large government takeovers and expansions.
This insanity, “municipalization,” was almost stopped dead in its tracks by the outcome of the 2011 election on ballot issues 2B (13,137 For vs. 12,996 Against) and 2C (13,555 vs 12,662). Just a few hundred votes the other way and it would’ve been lights out for UP&L. That close.
The plug needs to be pulled on this bad pipe dream NOW, once and for all.
The only thing I’ll add to this powerful commentary is that Boulder, CO has no chance whatsoever of reducing its huge carbon footprint so long as 50,000+ commuters are driving to and from their jobs every workday. City of Boulder housing policy makes it impossible for these workers to live here, and this is by design; the design of a corrupt political machine, PLAN-Boulder, to inflate real estate values to the grossest extent, carried out over the course of decades and intended to make Boulder a wealthy white enclave within the state of Colorado. The members of Boulder City Council and city bureaucrats are players in this scheme, following the script they’ve been handed.
Addendum 2/27/2013: Xcel open records request to City of Boulder.