John Hickenlooper on Environment
Watershed cleanup shouldn't always meet fed. standards
Tackling watershed contamination presents a challenge because of federal laws that prevent clean-up efforts that fail to meet anything less than their standards. We ask that you support our Congressional
Delegation's efforts to allow "Good Samaritans" like state agencies, local governments, watershed groups and nonprofits to improve water quality without incurring liability for meeting all federal standards.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature
, Jan 14, 2016
Start methane capture rule; finish Water Plan
We are proposing the nation's first-ever methane capture rule, making Colorado the leader in the nation for controlling emissions. We've said before that we're committed to holding the oil companies to the highest standards to protect
Coloradans and our air and water. To that end, we are working with legislators, industry and the conservation community to ensure we pass a bill this year that will strengthen penalties for violations of permits and rules.
If words were water the state would never run dry. Our budget is requesting a second year of funding to help create cleaner water for Colorado. This year we will complete the Colorado Water Plan, which will emphasize conservation, address incremental
storage, and address drought mitigation. We must create alternative choices to buy-and-dry. No matter where we live, we cannot afford to let our farm and ranch land dry up.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature
, Jan 9, 2014
Develop federal land instead of protecting the sage grous
[On a tour to address issues raised by the "51st State Initiative" secession movement], Hickenlooper has been spending a lot of time talking to voters and county commissioners in the rural counties. He recently accepted an invitation to hear the concerns
of Moffat County residents (one of the breakaway counties that voted against pursuing secession) and he announced his disagreement with a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to protect the sage grouse from oil and gas development on federal lands,
a proposal that some northwestern counties worry could impact their economies.
His critics received some of these efforts coolly. The Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said she wasn't happy with Hickenlooper's answer when asked if he would
scrap the renewable energy law. He said opponents were welcome to introduce bills to modify it. But she said she hopes that after all the turmoil recently, "he will at least listen better this year, this time around."
Source: The Daily Caller on 2014 Colorado Governor race
, Dec 5, 2013
Supports Obama's "Great Outdoors" conservation ethic
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal visitor center and three conservation initiatives will further showcase the natural beauty we are fortunate to live in. We are creating partnerships and leveraging the state and nation's intellect and creativity to
build and protect our natural heritage. President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative seeks to work with local communities to create a new conservation and recreation ethic for the 21st Century.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release #1251593257851
, Nov 9, 2011
Water policy: Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity
Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity for the Future. Water is central to the health of our economy, our environment, and our future. The way we use and manage our water remains one of the biggest challenges facing our state. The basic facts of water
supply and demand are sobering. When it comes to water and our economy, we are one great state, not a loose confederation of regions. Across all issues, from water to jobs, a Governor has to be sensitive to the needs of each basin community. Colorado's
governor has a special responsibility to see that the whole state benefits from our wise use of water resources.
We need to understand that water is critically important to every part of the state. We must continue to develop processes that allow
resolution of the many conflicts over water that exist across the state, bringing individuals, communities, businesses, organizations together to work out comprehensive solutions.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com
, Nov 2, 2010
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