Securing America's Clean Energy Future
Clean power grows eastern Colorado’s economy, protects our natural resources, and ensures our nation’s security. In Congress, I will promote clean, renewable energy in Colorado and nationwide.
Coloradans have been pushing for more clean and renewable energy since 2004, when voters approved a measure requiring utilities to get at least 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015. This target was later increased to 30 percent by 2020. Recent studies indicate this target is still too low and we can do even more. That’s why I’ve set a goal to grow Colorado’s renewable power statewide to 50 percent by 2025.
Infrastructure and jobs:
Achieving this goal will take a commitment to invest in research, development, and infrastructure. Most importantly, we will need to invest in the building and maintenance of a grid system to get this clean and cheap power to the population centers of Colorado.
Building these systems will create many short term jobs as well as permanent, skilled employment along the eastern plains. Implementation of these systems will create a source of energy that is cheaper per kilowatt hour.
A key economic issue:
Energy independence remains a key economic and national security issue: oil and gas prices continue to fluctuate and are likely to become increasingly expensive as these resources dwindle. Dependence on foreign oil from countries hostile to American interests creates an ongoing national security risk.
Renewable energy is vital to protecting and preserving clean air and water, the outdoors, and wildlife. Coloradans treasure our state’s natural beauty and resources including clean air and clean water. Our state's brand and tourism industry depends on protecting our outdoors and wildlife. Coloradans agree that defending and conserving natural resources is the right thing to do and I'll fight for our Colorado values in Washington.