Dear Representative Polis:
We watched in horror as you blatantly hijacked Colorado’s democratic process, by throwing out nearly 300,000 signatures for statewide initiatives 88 and 89 that you yourself said were “sensible regulations on fracking.” You represent a district where five communities passed local initiatives that voted “yes” to moratoria and bans on fracking, yet you failed to represent those constituents, your constituents.
In the Colorado constitution, it states that all political power is vested in the people. Though our political process has largely been usurped by money and party rule, you the politicians forget that “We the people” are the party. You work for us and we have spoken. What you and the Democratic Party have done in this state is hijack our democratic process.
In less than six week’s time, we made it clear that we expect our right to “clean air, pure water and natural and scenic values” to be represented in the Colorado Constitution. And we expect that our local governments are there to protect us. By withdrawing these initiatives, you also withdrew the voice of Coloradans.
You have said, in essence, that 'we the people' should not have the right to protect our communities from fracking. You, left us naked and unarmed to protect ourselves from what, by default, are non-sensible regulations which violate rights to safety. In Colorado we have 52,000 active oil and gas wells, 74,000 abandoned wells, 13 inspectors, 500 spills a year. That’s two a day now, Jared.
Your actions prove that we not only have an environmental crisis, but also a democracy crisis. We are not bargaining chips in some sort of game of Chicken with the Democratic Party and Governor Hickenlooper. We demand that you carry out the intent of the people who signed these initiatives in good faith. We demand you allow us to submit them if you will not. The democratic process is not yours to steal. It, like Colorado’s environment, is the common property of all Coloradans.
Protecting the health and welfare of Coloradans from the harms of the fracking industry should never be a poker game. These are real people’s lives at stake.
JARED POLIS WILL BE HOLDING A TOWN HALL MEETING
Tuesday, August 5th
4800 Baseline Road (Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center)
- "This deal does nothing for the Broomfield residents who voted last November to get more information on the health and property impacts of fracking. It will not protect us. We are severely disappointed that politics are being played with families and our lives,” said Laura Fronckiewicz with Our Broomfield.
- “This ‘compromise’ will do nothing to address the fact that the oil and gas industry, in league with Governor Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado, continues to sue communities for voting to protect themselves from fracking. Local communities should not be pre-empted when it comes to protecting our health, safety and property from the dangers that flow from fracking, an extreme industrial activity,” said Kaye Fissinger, President of Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont. "The people of Longmont and all Coloradans have constitutional rights that protect their health and welfare. It is past time when all branches of government need to honor those rights."
- "We are outraged to see politicians once again prioritizing political expediency over the health and well being of Coloradans. The proposed compromise represents a failure on the part of both Polis and Hickenlooper to protect Coloradans from the dangers of fracking,” said Russell Mendell of Frack Free Colorado. “This is further evidence that real progress cannot come from the top down, and true change will continue to come from citizen, grassroots organizing. There are hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have been involved with local community efforts to protect their communities from fracking, who feel betrayed by this back room deal making. This deal only strengthens our resolve to work in our communities for real citizen initiatives that will ensure a safe and healthy future for all Coloradans. It’s time for Coloradans to stand up take back our democratic rights.”
- "The Mother's Project wholeheartedly opposes Rep Jared Polis' decision to withdraw the voices of Colorado communities. Polis' actions are the cancer of our failed Democratic system and it must be stopped immediately." Jodee Brekke
- "You need a civics lesson Jared. It appears that your power, position and profits have given you the illusion that you are separate and apart from the rest of us. So let us be the ones to educate you on the rights of the people that the Colorado State Constitution guarantees will be upheld and defended by our government. " Mary Smith
Article II, the Bill of Rights, begins, "In order to assert our rights, acknowledge our duties, and proclaim the principles upon which our government is founded, we declare:
Section 1. Vestment of political power. All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.
Section 2. People may alter or abolish form of government � proviso. The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign and independent state; and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided, such change be not repugnant to the constitution of the United States.
Section 3. Inalienable rights. All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
We intend to codify these rights, once again, in our Boulder County Home Rule Charter and continually assert them to insure that you and yours understand that "we the people" are the authority, that government is an extension of our will and exists for the good of the whole, and that, as our elected representative, you work for us."