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Reject the $300M Gas Power Plant – Two Actions

Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) plans to replace their coal plant with a $300 Million gas plant, increasing your electricity bill 8 – 9% per year to pay for it. Gas plants add to deadly pollution and prevent us from attaining climate goals.

Oppose the gas plant & show support for renewable energy at the PRPA Community Integrated Resource Plan Presentation (open to the public). Wear green, bring signs, and if you feel inspired, give public comment!

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. at PRPA Headquarters, located at 2000 East Horsetooth Road in Fort Collins.

PRPA is failing to meet its promised climate goals!

PRPA is dead last among the six major state utilities — including Xcel Energy — thathave filed clean energy plans for reducing carbon emissions, despite havingcommitted to 100% clean energy by 2030. They now call the goal “aspirational” & avoid innovations in energy that support the health of our communities and our planet.

To learn more and to sign a petition opposing the new gas plant, click here.

These actions are being promoted by 350 Northern Colorado and Northern Colorado Partners for Clean Energy.

Ask City Council to Stop the Sale of Small Single-use Water Bottles

Please ask your City Council member to support a measure to stop the sale of single-use water bottles under a gallon. Now is the time to reduce Single-use plastics (SUPs) here in Fort Collins! The Cities of Frisco, Breckenridge and Telluride have already done this. FoCo Trash Mob has done the research and laid the groundwork for our City Council (see all that here). Councilmembers are receptive to this idea, but they need to hear from you! Please cc us at focotrashmob@gmail.com and ask for a reply.

Contact your City Council member, and request that they support Refills NOT Landfills. Find your council member here, and feel free to use one or more of the prompts below:

  • 20 sips from a SUP water bottle takes 450 years to decompose. This is not a sustainable equation.
  • 80% of single-use plastic ends up in our landfills.
  • The World Economic Forum notes that plastic production is projected to double in the next 20 years.
  • 40% of the four billion+ pounds of plastic manufactured in the last year was for single-use plastic.
  • The American Water Works Association awarded Fort Collins as having the best water in the Rocky Mt. region and second best in the nation.
  • Bottled water is a significant waste of natural resources, as well as a contributor to climate change given the carbon impact of production and shipping.
  • In the context of the world shifting away from fossil fuels as an energy source, the oil and gas industries are looking at plastic production as their new frontier.
  • Plastic production is basically a subsidy for fracking.
  • Bottled water is NOT safer than tap water. Tap water is more regulated than bottled water as it falls under EPA guidelines.
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