State of Colorado Archives: on Energy & Oil


Jared Polis: 100% renewable energy by 2040

As governor, my goal is to accomplish our statewide clean energy transition by 2040 while saving people money on their utility bills and creating green energy jobs in Colorado that can never be outsourced. For our climate, for our national security, for our health, and for our economic growth we need a bold goal of 100% renewable energy.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website PolisForColorado.com

Donna Lynne: Continue transition from fossil fuels to renewables

We've set real goals to reduce nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide and other emissions in our state. We've already begun to see our energy providers make plans to speed up their transition from coal-based energy to renewables. As governor, I'll work with our energy providers to continue the transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy production while keeping costs low for consumers, and ensuring that we provide retraining for workers who have been affected.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website LynneForColorado.com Sep 15, 2017

Steve Barlock: Water power, but not wind power

He thinks the next governor should tackle Colorado's dwindling water as the population grows by going to court to fight for water rights. He also will demand more hydroelectric power and wants to see fewer subsidized wind turbines.
Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Sep 5, 2017

Mike Johnston: State should promote natural energy

Mike championed legislation requiring 30% of our state's electricity to come from renewable sources and he voted to include rural electric associations. In 2011, Mike created a commission to streamline where power lines are set in order to make possible the more aggressive expansion of wind and solar resources in rural Colorado. He fought to expand the size of tax credits for electric vehicles and made it easier for consumers to cash those in when they buy their cars.
Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com Sep 1, 2017

Mike Johnston: Fund green homes and offices

In 2011, Mike proposed a clean energy improvement financing program that helps customers pay for home improvements if it leads to more energy efficiency. He fought for increased transparency with building energy performance and he allocated funds to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings.

In 2010, he brought legislation that successfully required new homes to have water-saving features. He supported adding hydroelectricity as a source of energy for public utilities.

Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com Sep 1, 2017

Steve Barlock: State should not pick favorites in clean energy

I'm all for clean energy. We are a leader in Colorado. We have great outdoors, and that's what we're all about--keeping our environment clean. But when we have to give tax breaks to companies to come into Colorado to compete with other people in Colorado, I'm against that. I'm against picking winners and losers, such as solar panels being tax-free in the state of Colorado.
Source: Westword.com on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Aug 17, 2017

George Brauchler: Colorado joining Paris Accords is meaningless symbolism

When asked whether he would rescind the executive order if he's sworn in as governor in 18 months, Brauchler dismissed the question as meaningless. "Rescind an order˙that state agencies go out there and look for voluntary compliance with emission standards we don't have yet? It's hard to know if it needs to be rescinded. It's a feel-good executive order. It is far more symbolic than it is substantive. This is more like a proclamation than an executive order."
Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jul 12, 2017

John Hickenlooper: Reduce greenhouse gas by 26% by 2025 and 35% by 2030

Gov. Hickenlooper declared that Colorado would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition supporting a global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Hickenlooper's order set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 compared with 2012 levels and by 35 percent by 2030. He maintained that cheap natural gas and increasingly competitive wind and solar power cost would allow the state to achieve the goals, which are similar to those set in the 2015 Paris Accord.

Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jul 12, 2017

Victor Mitchell: Repeal misguided Paris Accords order on Day One

When asked whether he would rescind the executive order if he's sworn in as governor in 18 months, Mitchell responded, "When I am elected Governor, I will repeal this misguided order on Day 1."

"We all want clean air, but Hickenlooper's rogue mandate is not the answer. It will cost Colorado jobs and hit every consumer in the wallet. And all this harm for unknown benefits. Say NO loudly to this politically motivated action by our lame duck Governor."

Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jul 12, 2017

Cary Kennedy: Oil & gas are important, but protect public health

Gov. Hickenlooper will decide by May 18˙whether his Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will appeal a˙court decision saying the COGCC˙must give more weight to health and safety than to development. How would Colorado's Democratic candidates for governor handle this important oil-and-gas court ruling

[Cary Kennedy's response:] Public health and safety must be our top priority. We can and must do more to protect public health and our communities. Given the information that is publicly available I don't believe appealing the court's ruling is consistent with that priority. This is an important industry to Colorado and I'm confident together we can do more to improve safety for workers and communities and protect public health and safety. This court ruling presents an opportunity to address the conflicting mission of the oil and gas commission and clarify the priority is public health and safety.

Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race May 15, 2017

Mike Johnston: Balance oil & gas extraction with public safety

Gov. Hickenlooper will decide by May 18˙whether his Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will appeal a˙court decision saying the COGCC˙must give more weight to health and safety than to development. How would Colorado's Democratic candidates for governor handle this important oil-and-gas court ruling

[Mike Johnston's response:] These student leaders have made the important point that seems so clear in light of the Firestone catastrophe: Our first responsibility is to protect the health and safety of all Coloradans and then balance the reasonable extraction of our state's natural resources against that public safety.˙ The appellate court made clear that is the plain language of the statute, and I don't see why anyone would fight the state's commitment to ensure that public safety

Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race May 15, 2017

Noel Ginsburg: Develop oil & gas resources while protecting environment

Gov. Hickenlooper will decide by May 18˙whether his Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will appeal a˙court decision saying the COGCC˙must give more weight to health and safety than to development. How would Colorado's Democratic candidates for governor handle this important oil-and-gas court ruling

[Noel Ginsburg's response:] We need to do what's right for Colorado. We should have clear oil & gas regulations that allow for the development of our natural resources while protecting our land, air, and health. Ensuring that Colorado has those kinds of regulations will be a continuing process, and I am committed to ensuring that all voices have a seat at the table as we work together to protect public safety, preserve Colorado's beauty for future generations, respect property rights, and promote reasonable regulations.

Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race May 15, 2017

Darryl Glenn: I do not believe that man is contributing to climate change

Q: On Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No. Ardent climate change denier. "I do not believe that man is contributing."[2]

Q: On Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No. Also advocates for defunding EPA and Department of Energy.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Darryl Glenn: Welcoming energy policies; march toward energy independence

Freeing our Future by creating opportunities for everyone to pursue personal prosperity: Here's how:
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website ElectDarrylGlenn.com Apr 14, 2016

Jon Keyser: Energy security=national security; all-of-the-above policy

As a veteran, Jon believes energy security = national security. With every step we take toward energy security and independence, we help ensure Colorado families can grow and prosper.

Like any sound investment portfolio, we need to make sure we have a diverse energy portfolio, which includes safely and responsibly developing our natural resources and utilizing renewable energy sources. We need to make room for innovators and entrepreneurs to spark an energy revolution that will help ensure our safety and security.

Colorado has a large role to play in putting the United States on the path to energy security and independence. As a former roughneck working on an oil and gas rig on the Western Slope, Jon has firsthand experience with how critical the energy industry is to Colorado's economy.

As a US Senator, Jon will fight for a true all-of-the-above energy policy and advocate for the national security and economic security advantages that energy independence will bring to the US.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website JonKeyser.com Feb 3, 2016

Peg Littleton: Supports all-of-the above energy policy

I have and will continue to support an all-of-the above energy policy. I will protect traditional fuels while supporting progress and innovation in wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear and other sources of sustainable power. As a commissioner for Colorado's most populous county, I voted for wind power and solar gardens, and to minimize onerous regulations of oil exploration in a manner that vigilantly protected the water supply.

As part of my dedication to job growth and affordable energy for households and businesses, I would support responsible efforts to revive the Keystone XL pipeline.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website PegLittleton.com Feb 3, 2016

Ryan Frazier: Embrace American energy independence

We can achieve 4% economic growth by creating millions of better paying jobs by fixing our tax code and embracing American energy independence. Opportunity for all.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website FrazierForColorado.com Feb 3, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Pursuing renewables; solar and wind

Upholding the highest public health and environmental standards, while promoting innovative energy development, is a cornerstone of our energy strategy. That means moving toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future and Colorado has already risen to this challenge. We're a leader in the pursuit and promise of renewable energy. Sunrun is bringing 800 new solar jobs to our state. And Vestas Wind Systems added 350 new jobs at their Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo facilities.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature Jan 14, 2016

Tim Neville: EPA's war on oil, gas and coal kills jobs

The federal government should not impose energy choices on the states through regulatory force or economic coercion. I believe in an `all of the above` approach. Picking winners and losers and overregulation ends up raising energy costs, having a negative impact on hard working families, with the hardest hit being the poor. The EPA's war on proven energy sources like oil, gas and coal kills jobs and cripples entire communities.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website, NevilleForSenate.com Oct 9, 2015

Mark Udall: We're prepared to put a price on carbon

Sen. Mark Udall twice ignored a question from Gardner about how much people should pay to help reduce greenhouse gases. "We're prepared to put a price on carbon," Udall said. "The last time we put a price on pollutants was under the leadership of the first President Bush. We developed new technologies and we moved this country forward. We have the lowest energy prices in the country right now in Colorado. We're up to this challenge."
Source: Denver Post on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Oct 6, 2014

John Hickenlooper: Colorado Energy Office: efficiency and renewables

Colorado Energy Office: efficiency and renewables Many scientists believe that our severe drought, the bark beetle epidemic and the terrible fire season are further evidence of climate change. While no state can address the issue in isolation, reducing pollutants and promoting sustainable development,
Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address Jan 10, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Innovative drilling technology for abundant natural gas

Innovative drilling technology for abundant natural gas Colorado's economic welfare depends on how effective we are in developing all of our resources. Our physical welfare requires we protect public health and safety as we develop these resources. We can reduce carbon emissions, create good-paying jobs Innovative drilling technology for abundant natural gas communities to create agreements and oversee local inspections. What doesn't work is a patchwork of rules and regulations.

Because of innovations in drilling technology, cheaper, abundant natural gas is helping to make America energy secure for the

Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address Jan 10, 2013

John Hickenlooper: Develop unconventional technology for extracting shale oil

Colorado's energy sector holds tremendous promise. We continue to build on the state's reputation as a leader in promoting solar, wind and renewable energies and developing cleaner fossil fuels. Colorado is blessed with abundant reserves of natural gas. With new discoveries in the Niobrara formation and technologies for extracting shale oil, we are poised to be a leader in unconventional energy technology as well.
Source: Colorado 2012 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2012

John Hickenlooper: Fracking opens new era of energy; but disclose ingredients

We also start the year with the country's strongest and fairest rule disclosing the ingredients in the "fracking" process. The old geologist in me is champing at the bit to go into detail about this process. Suffice it to say that this is a drilling procedure that has opened the door to a whole new era of energy development that can lead to more jobs, cleaner air and energy security for our country and the world. The ideas and innovations that created this revolution all occurred in Colorado.
Source: Colorado 2012 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2012

John Hickenlooper: As exploration geologist: focus on wind, solar, gas, coal

As both a consumer and major producer of energy, Colorado is uniquely situated to develop an energy policy that will become a model for the country. Colorado's strengths are our great natural resources (wind, solar, gas, coal), combined with world class research institutions, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and a business friendly environment. John's background as an entrepreneur and exploration geologist will help to foster the collaboration between our knowledge capital, entrepreneurial spirit and our abundant resource base to solidify our place as a world-class energy center. Our Energy Policy incorporates the State's environmental issues, its economic development and the cost to all consumers. It recognizes that energy production requires a viable water supply, which must be carefully utilized, and that energy demand must be reduced through conservation and increased efficiency.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com Nov 2, 2010

Ken Buck: Continue our traditional sources of energy

The largest transfer of wealth in human history has occurred between the industrial world, especially the US, to the oil-producing world. We have to stop that. However, the so-called "cap and trade" bill is not the answer. It's a looming disaster for our country.

For now, we must continue to depend on our traditional sources of energy--coal, oil and especially natural gas. We must aggressively expand energy production in our country, including stepping up drilling and looking to nuclear power.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, buckforcolorado.com, "Issues" Aug 10, 2010

Jane Norton: Oppose cap-and-trade; support all-of-the-above

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, janenortonforcolorado.com Dec 25, 2009

Bob Schaffer: Federal government rakes in funds from high energy prices

UDALL: You cast votes against an energy policy that would have us much closer to energy independence.

SCHAFFER: I cast votes in favor of an energy policy. The dramatic increase in revenue for the federal government right now is partially a function of the dramatic increase in energy prices. The energy industry’s marginal profit rate is about 8% right now, so as the price climbs, that 8% then creates an extraordinary amount of profit. That profit is taxed, and the windfall to the federal government as result of high energy prices is what the government is raking in right now and not spending it particularly well.

Q: When you use the phrase “on the backs of the energy companies,” you sound like they’re poor, beleaguered companies that the government is taking advantage of.

SCHAFFER: Oh, absolutely not. But the federal government is raking in funds as a result of this energy crisis. That’s one of the possible motivations why people in Washington, like Mark, have fought to drive energy prices up

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate on Meet the Press Sep 28, 2008

Mark Udall: We need comprehensive plan, not just oil & gas development

SCHAFFER: The dramatic increase in revenue for the federal government right now is partially a function of the dramatic increase in energy prices. The energy industry’s marginal profit rate is taxed, and the windfall is raked in by the federal government That’s one of the possible motivations why people in Washington, like Mark, have fought to drive energy prices up, that this pays off government.

UDALL: That’s laughable. Congressman Schaffer’s an oil and gas executive. Of course he’s going to take the side of the oil and gas industry. If you want maintenance of the existing energy policy we have in this country, which is focused on oil and gas development of fossil fuels, then you ought to hire Schaffer. If you want a comprehensive plan, if you want to throw the kitchen sink at this where we take a fresh look at nuclear and we develop clean coal supplies and we invest deeply in renewables and in conservation, we also drill responsibly, I’m going to be the senator that’s going to pursue that.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate on Meet the Press Sep 28, 2008

Tom Strickland: Enforce environmental regs and address global warming

Tom will work to address the global warming challenge and to provide new tools and resources to help communities reduce traffic congestion, preserve open space, and grow in ways that ensure a high quality of life. Tom will also be a strong advocate of protecting air and water quality through strengthening and enforcing the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. And he’ll fight to make sure that polluters, not the tax-payers, pay to clean up polluted sites.
Source: StricklandForColorado.com, “Issues: Environment” Sep 25, 2002

Tom Strickland: Restrict nuclear waste shipment

Strickland believes that the proposed plan to ship high-level nuclear waste across the country over a 24-year period, including potentially substantial amounts through Colorado, to be stored at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, poses a dangerous threat to citizens in Colorado. Strickland believes that a final transportation plan, complete with a security risk assessment by the FBI and input from local law enforcement officials along the affected routes, should be put in place before Senators cast a vote on this issue. In the current environment, when we are now painfully aware of the horrific creativity of terrorists and their ability to accomplish what was previously unthinkable ? Strickland believes it would be irresponsible for a Senator representing Colorado to vote to approve this plan before all safety issues are resolved.
Source: StricklandForColorado.com, “Issues: Yucca Mountain” Sep 25, 2002

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