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EAST BOULDER COUNTY UNITED
Community Members March to Home of Jared Polis, Demand Tax on Wealthy, End of Fossil Fuel Projects
On the evening of April 28, community members threatened with expanded oil and gas drilling marched to the home of Governor Jared Polis. Demanding an end to fossil fuel extraction, taxation on the wealthy, and full employment to build a Colorado free from fossil fuels. The action signaled a renewed fight for the 99% and the planet following the Governor’s signing of SB 181, an effort that continues oil and gas drilling throughout the state.
“The fossil fuel industry continues to have license to plunder Colorado communities and the planet as a result of the legal and business environment of the Colorado state government. Given that the Democratic General Assembly, in the 2019 session, is proposing and passing bills based on what Governor Polis indicates he will support, he essentially controls two branches of government. That makes him the most strategic target for climate and neighborhood activists to confront with the demand to ban fracking.”
- Theresa Stets, Lafayette Colorado
The action followed a public forum in Lafayette hosted by East Boulder County United entitled, “Redefining Environmentalism For The Climate Emergency.” The forum featured Standing Rock water protector Waniya Locke, environmental attorney Thomas Linzey from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and representatives from EBCU. Attended by over 100 people, the forum discussed the future of Colorado and national environmental movements and the multiple efforts needed to address rapid climate destruction.
Colorado is processing over 6000 oil and gas permits under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, who has been unwavering in his support for expanded drilling and fossil fuel infrastructure. In his press conference regarding SB 181 Polis stated, “The industry can operate with reduced uncertainty and significantly reduced political risk which hurts capital formation”, a clear message that Colorado is open for fossil fuel business. The bill does nothing to transition current rank and file fossil fuel workers to sustainable energy employment. It also maintains the authority of the COGCC over communities, and doubles down on fossil fuel expansion during climate crisis.
We are marching on Governor Polis’ home because of the hard time he puts the people through and the promises he never kept. We are marching for the people”.
- Sasha Willmeng, age 10, student, Pioneer Elementary