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Bill McKibben Fails to Draw Big Crowd – or Prominent Democrats – For #BreakFreeCO Protest

National activist groups looking to revive their struggling ban-fracking agenda failed to draw a big crowd or support from Colorado’s Democrat elected officials for their Break Free CO rally, despite a headline speech from activist celebrity Bill McKibben.


Moments before catching a town car and a flight to Los Angeles to lead another protest alongside San Francisco billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the co-founder addressed the scant crowd of less than 100 activists.


McKibben rushing to his L.A. appearance with billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer

McKibben’s appearance only drew one member of Colorado’s legislature with seemingly no other state elected officials in attendance. And perhaps most telling of how extreme these groups have become, even Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a past ally of McKibben’s and past supporter of anti-fracking initiatives was nowhere to be seen at the event.


State Rep. Joe Salazar was the lone Colorado elected official in attendance

The lack of interest in his appearance comes after organizers boasted to the media of their “goal to draw 1000 people” to the upcoming events and promoted the gathering as one of the “largest” events of its kind in state history. From the Break Free Colorado website:

“This is going to be one of the largest mass mobilizations for climate action in the history of Colorado. It is part of a global wave of powerful grassroots actions. Here in Colorado, we are taking action to defend our communities from the dangers of fossil fuel extraction on our lands. We are sending a strong message to our state leadership that we must break away from fracking our public lands and communities! Together, we can be a powerful voice for the just transition to a 100% clean energy economy!” (Emphasis added)


The event in an open space area in Thornton looked pretty sparce with activists’ booths, information kiosks, banners and signs seemingly outnumbering actual attendees.


It should come as no surprise that Coloradans were not very receptive of McKibben’s extreme anti-fossil fuel message. In fact, recent polling has shown that “majorities of Republicans (95 percent), Independents (84 percent) and Democrats (69 percent) say that producing more oil and natural gas here in the U.S. is important to them.” Clearly Bill McKibben’s anti-fossil fuel agenda is simply too extreme for Colorado.


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