Learn from History, Don’t Repeat It

Learn from History, Don’t Repeat It

January 8, 2020

In 2018, Colorado Rising, a far-left group dedicated to banning fracking in Colorado, issued Proposition 112. This proposition would have severely limited oil and natural gas production in the state, and it miserably failed when it was put up for a statewide vote. 

As Energy in Depth reports: 

Remember, Prop 112 did not see much public support in 2018.  Everyone from current Governor Jared Polis (D) to the Denver Post to former Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (D) came out against the initiative when it was being debated…

Apparently, Colorado Rising missed their history class covering Winston Churchill’s warning that “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” Just this week, the eco-left group introduced a new series of ballot initiatives almost identical to the ones voters already rejected. 

In response to Colorado Rising’s announcement of these new initiatives, Colorado Oil and Gas Association President Dan Haley stated:

This is déjà vu all over again. Last election, Coloradans decisively defeated an energy industry ban that would have shredded private property rights and put working families on the unemployment line. Now, keep-it-in-the ground activists are back, pushing the same extreme measure and a few ‘112 lites.’ 

Colorado Rising is going to face the same uphill battle it did in 2018, as it should when picking a fight with the hard-working men and women of Colorado. A recent study found that a ban on fracking in Colorado would mean the loss of almost 500,000 jobs, $120 billion in household income, and $187 billion in state GDP by 2025.

These are results that only a group blinded by their radical political agenda could want. Fortunately, the state legislature defended the jobs of Coloradans once, and we hope – for the sake of those thousands of energy workers – they do it again.