Stacey Goldfarb: Boulder Government, Wake Up!

This article has been submitted to the Daily Camera as a Guest Opinion, but the Daily Camera has so far refused to publish it.

A Boulder pro-growth advocate regularly tweets, “If you love your City, you should build more of it.”

That’s like saying, “If you love your 15 children, have 15 more.  If you love candy bars, eat hundreds.”

Analogies aside, the tweeter’s perspective seems at odds with the reality of our finite world and ecosystem.  My field was science.  Science everywhere confirms finite limits of: resources, amount of carbon our atmosphere can handle, and the population a bioregion can sustain.

The tweeter’s attitude reminds me of the anti-science fringe wing of Congress, which doesn’t accept science or facts.  More disturbingly, Boulder government demonstrates a similar disregard for facts and limits.  Our City government refuses to say how many more people they plan to draw to Boulder.  The “silence from the top,” is deafening.

No wonder citizens are uneasy.  We look to our civic leaders, but hear only the policy equivalent of “More, more, more!” Continue reading “Stacey Goldfarb: Boulder Government, Wake Up!”

Recommended Reading: Cadillac Desert

Cadillac DesertA recent article in the Denver Post, Hickenlooper backs $380 million Denver Water project to divert Colorado River water, reminds us that the communities of the Front Range depend on water captured and delivered from elsewhere – water that is seriously over-promised to places as far away as Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Over 30 years ago, Marc Reisner wrote the definitive book on land development and water policy in the western United States: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.  Starting in the early twentieth century, when the city of Los Angeles began importing water from hundreds of miles away, it chronicles how urban and agricultural development in the arid Western United States was built upon dubious assumptions about the availability of water.   Continue reading “Recommended Reading: Cadillac Desert”

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post

A team of researchers has highlighted the surprising amount of groundwater used by western residents.

Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.

Read More: Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought – The Washington Post