Protect climate and vote yes on Proposition 112

As Hurricanes continue to devastate the Southeast, we are reminded that climate change has consequences.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on Oct. 8 warning that there is only a small window left to institute radical change to the way we produce and consume energy, and that leaving the remaining oil, coal and gas reserves in the ground is essential if catastrophic warming is to be avoided.

While passing Proposition 112 in November would do nothing to the 55,000 active wells in the state, it would limit the proliferation of new development by creating common-sense setbacks that protect public health and safety. Rather than continuing to invest in an industry which, as a whole, is much less lucrative or necessary than it wants you to believe, we could be investing in green energy, which is what the IPCC report points to.

A major component of fracked natural gas is methane, and we now know methane contributes to global warming much more than carbon dioxide — 84 times more, on a 20-year time scale (

There are many reasons to support Prop 112, but if you care about further destabilization of our climate and the enormous impacts this will continue to have, vote yes for safer setbacks.

Jasmin Cori, Boulder

Vote Green Party for county commissioner

The United Nations’ October climate change alarm spotlights our local oil and gas issues — the extraction corporations’ exacerbation of global warming starting right here in Boulder County. Presently, we need to elect a new member to the team of county commissioners who are already working on this issue.

After attending the League of Women’s Voters nonpartisan forum, hearing all three candidates, I predict that probably even to his party, the Republican candidate’s views seem narrow and short sighted.

The Democrats’ candidate is an extremely good guy who, since 1987, has doggedly fought against oil and gas interests at the state capital, yet has a deeply disproportionate success rate to show for it. He blames these failures on the Republican majority. However, the Democrats controlled the state houses for many years, and still, no significant legislation has passed without oil and gas companies’ approval under either parties. Not one gas and oil permit has been denied in the state of Colorado in 66 years. I question how effective state Sen. Matt Jones can be at the local level, considering his limited successes in the past.

The Green Party candidate is a firebrand activist for humans’ and workers’ rights. For the past six years, he has presented scientific information to Boulder County residents, educating them about the effects of oil and gas extraction in our county. He brings together diverse groups of people to face issues with grassroots support, the facts, and no small amount of outrage at to what our politicians have allowed to happen. At the forum, his clear thinking, fresh ideas and eloquent explanations showed him as a leader I want fighting for my grandchildren’s futures. Vote Cliff Willmeng, because it’s time to do something.

Sandra Backlund, Lafayette