State of Colorado Archives: on Energy & Oil

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 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 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 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 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, 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 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,, "Issues" Aug 10, 2010

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

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, 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:, “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:, “Issues: Yucca Mountain” Sep 25, 2002

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