FCSG Statement of Support for Proposition 112

Post updated on October 16, 2018

Update: On Tuesday, October 16, City Council rejected the recommendation of the Legislative Review Committee and declined to take a position on Proposition 112.

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) fully supports Proposition 112, “Increased Setback Requirement for Oil and Natural Gas Development”, which appears on the November ballot. If this proposition is approved by Colorado voters, new oil and gas wells would need to be located at least 2,500 feet away from occupied buildings and other vulnerable areas. This setback distance would substantially lower both the chronic risks to human health associated with oil and gas extraction and the acute health risks posed by explosions and fires near wellheads.

Renewable Electricity Sources are Affordable and Reliable

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 14, 2018

Recently, opponents of Fort Collins committing to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 have made comments casting doubt on the affordability and reliability of renewable electricity sources. Yet, they fail to support their claims with market-based data from Colorado’s energy sector.

Below are important developments from local utilities that have occurred over the last year. They present fundamental facts of the case that opponents of the 100 percent renewable electricity proposal should not ignore.

What Does the Chamber Think About Climate Change?

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on September 9, 2018

Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce CEO David May and chamber board member Ethan Gannett from Hewlett Packard Enterprises have written pieces expressing opposition to a resolution that calls upon the city of Fort Collins to adopt the goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

To support their position, they cite a paper from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the nation’s premier science journal, which they believe demonstrates the infeasibility and unaffordability of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity. The article they cite critiques the work of Mark Jacobsen and co-authors from Stanford University, who propose that the entire U.S. energy sector can run on renewables by 2050-2055.

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