David Drucker from the Washington Examiner profiled Republican candidate Tyler Allcorn in Colorado’s 8th Congressional District today in a story titled “Tyler Allcorn wanted to ‘do more.’ So, he’s running for Congress.”
Allcorn is a former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret and immigrant to the United States of America. The oil and gas industry was Tyler’s ticket to the American Dream and the industry is what led his family to to the United States of America.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“My dad worked in the oil field, and it’s how we came to the States,” Alcorn said. “It’s something that’s very important to me.”
It’s important to Allcorn personally, and it’s a matter of what he believes to be sound policy.
Allcorn is a naturalized U.S. citizen, officially from Canada because his parents were Canadian citizens when he was born in Saudi Arabia. He lived in Southwest Asia and Europe as a child as his father globe-trotted from one oil industry job to the next, finally emigrating to the United States from France in 1993, at age 9.
“I became a citizen as soon as I could,” he said.
Allcorn said his father grew up impoverished and that the oil and gas industry offered him a path to prosperity that might not have otherwise existed. That prosperity had a profound impact on his childhood and his approach to energy policy as a would-be congressman.
Allcorn emphasized oil and gas are critical components of the U.S. economy, and in any event, a period of historically high inflation is the exact wrong time to strangle the industry with regulations that make fossil fuels more expensive. He did suggest an openness to policies that promote renewable fuels but said that sector of the energy industry is not nearly developed enough to satisfy the nation’s domestic needs.