Jared Polis Can “Envision The End Of The Oil & Gas Industry In Colorado”
When the candidates in the Colorado gubernatorial race squared off for the final debate last night, important distinctions emerged. Among the most important were the differing policy positions toward the state’s blossoming energy industry.
As the Colorado Sun put it: “The way Polis talks about his renewable energy goals makes it seem he can envision the end of the oil and gas industry in Colorado. On the topic of setbacks between buildings and drilling operations, he said this: ‘We need to do a better job in the meantime — before we reach that renewable energy future — making sure that any kind of extraction is done in a safe way.’ So once the goal is reached, setbacks won’t be a problem?”
Polis is way to the left on the issue of energy, calling for 100 percent renewables by 2040 while at the same time offering tepid opposition to Proposition 112, the controversial setback initiative on the ballot that would end fracking as we know it.
In a nutshell, Polis is willing to give a temporary victory to the oil and gas industry on Proposition 112 while at the same time planning to destroy them long-term. This kind of stance is straight out of left-wing policy handbook of radical groups like the Sierra Club. What about the oil and gas workers in Colorado in their 30s right now who are raising young children? No jobs in a couple decades? Guess they better start planning for a bleak retirement or move to a friendlier state.
Polis says he opposes Prop 112 but in reality, he supports the tenets of the proposition: the eradication of oil and gas in Colorado.
To repeat the warning from the Sun: “The way Polis talks about his renewable energy goals makes it seem he can envision the end of the oil and gas industry in Colorado.”
At Power The Future, we wholeheartedly agree, and we hope this important policy issue is on the minds of the citizens of Colorado.