To the editor:
The next Public Utilities Commission hearing for individuals to voice their concerns about Colorado House Bill 1365, the so called Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2010 in Denver.
The hearing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in hearing Room A. The address is 1560 Broadway.
We, as a community, county, and valley have one more chance to stop, or at least alter, this legislation that will have devastating economic consequences on the Yampa Valley.
Besides the obvious loss of coal mining jobs, every business, homeowner and resident will be affected by the passage of this bill.
From the loss of jobs, decline of home and property values, increases in utility bills and a dramatic decline in all business sales, we all will be affected by the decision the PUC makes regarding H.B. 1365.
Whether you feel you are directly or indirectly affected by the coal industry, the time to get involved is now.
The Moffat County Commission, mayor and Craig City Council, Downtown Business Association, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Craig Daily Press, KRAI, and others need to do everything possible to get the word out about the importance of this hearing.
We need to have a well-planned and concerted effort to get residents and business owners to go to Denver to attend, and if possible, to testify regarding the devastating consequences H.B. 1365 will have on our valley.
I have heard skeptics proclaim, “You can’t stop this, so why bother?” Or, “It’s a done deal.”
When approximately 250 to 300 miners showed up for the PUC hearing in Grand Junction, the PUC listened. The board chair of the PUC did encourage the crowd to plan on attending the hearing in Denver.
I was at the Grand Junction hearing, and feel strongly that the PUC board can respond favorably to the concerns of all citizens of the Yampa Valley, if we all make the effort to show solidarity against this devastating bill.
If we speak convincingly in opposition against H.B. 1365 through our large numbers in attendance, we will give the PUC the opportunity it needs to respond favorably to Northwest Colorado.
Now is our time as a community to stand up and be counted, and to be heard in Denver.
I hope to see you all in Denver at the PUC meeting Sept. 23.