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Where Divesting From Fossil Fuels Was Born

08/12/2014 02:37 pm ET | Updated Oct 12, 2014
  • Wade Norris Colorado political organizer and co-founder of PRAER.org

There is a lot of news about Colorado lately, but I bet this story is still under the radar.

I interviewed John Powers who is the founder and visionary for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and found out that the idea of divestment from university portfolios from fossil fuels was birthed at a place made to find energy solutions, the Alliance Center (a movement needed internationally for Low Lying Islanders).

On the Divestment movement at 3:28 in the video:

There's a movement now Divest - Invest, I want to go on record that this idea was conceived on the 3rd floor of this building. Here at the Alliance Center, a group called "As You Sow" and other folks happened to be meeting here... they came up with the idea that you have to divest. Take your investments out of fossil fuels and then you have to invest them into something alternative.

Read on for John Powers' views on the problem with natural gas as a "bridge fuel," the future of Renewable energy, warning about the future of our energy portfolio, and changing the model on which businesses operate from the ground up.

Colorado recently has been in the midst of fight between pro-fracking and anti-fracking ballo measures that were pulled as 'compromise' which left environmentalists upset.

From John Powers:

When you are talking about a "bridge fuel" (natural gas), a bridge starts at some place and ends some place. We are putting all this infrastructure for natural gas...
That infrastructure is money we should be putting into demand side and most benign supply side energy (renewable energy)
And now utility scale solar is the cheapest form out there.
Colorado and the U.S. has the chance to provide the leadership to take these steps...Colorado has the the potential to be a leader internationally.

On that subject, John knows what he is talking about. He built a coalition to pass the ground breaking Amendment 37 in 2004, which required our State utility, Xcel to make their energy portfolio include renewable energy.

On the climate forecast of storms, droughts, and floods:

(Question) What things have we seen in real time, the example I want to use is the (Colorado) Flood of September 2013.... When is that point when 50 plus 1 gets that something has changed?

"We can either anticipate what's coming at us, which is irrefutable, or we can wait for these crises to mount, (if that's the case) there's going to be a lot of heartache, sorrow, and economic pain.
People in the short term say that economically, we cant afford to these controls...
I'm saying economically long term if you don't do them now, you're TOAST"

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado was founded to bring points of view together to find long term solutions. When you are part of creating solutions, you are more likely to implement those solutions. (The Building Remodel) We tend to think in terms of costs in a building per square foot. Instead of per square foot, the deeper more sophisticated question is how much is this building going to cost per worker? This is a model we are looking for people to implement in existing buildings, and IT'S PROFITABLE!

Thanks to John Powers for being the visionary for the Alliance Center and to all the people who are part of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for helping navigate the way in which we plan our Renewable energy future.

And come to the Grand Reopening of the Alliance Center August 14!