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Why Big Oil Chose the Nuclear Option to 112: Amendment 74

October 31, 2018

Westword,

October 30, 2018-

Mike Foote is prosecuting another case tonight, just as he has for more than a decade. The Indiana transplant indicted petty thieves, violent criminals and Ponzi schemers in his old day job as a deputy district attorney in Boulder — but here at a public library in Longmont, he is rhetorically indicting the perpetrator he’s been most obsessed with: the fossil fuel industry. At this town meeting about the upcoming election, Foote is charging the industry with attempted murder — of the entire state’s economy.

“We have five oil and gas companies that want to amend our constitution, our controlling document,” says Foote, a 45-year-old father of two who has been one of the Colorado Legislature’s most outspoken critics of oil and gas companies. “They’re putting a lot of money into it, millions and millions of dollars. They may win, and they may buy a portion of our constitution that controls everything that we do.”

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