(Photo Courtesy of Colorado House Republicans)
At a press conference in the Capitol this morning, Republicans from both the House and Senate gathered to send a clear message to Governor Jared Polis – unleash Colorado energy on the world.
Republicans announced at the press conference that they would be introducing a resolution, “which urges Governor Polis and Democrats in the General Assembly to unleash the potential of Colorado energy producers, including responsible oil and gas development and to create energy solutions for the state, tapping Colorado’s vast resources and increasing the issuing of permits to expand oil and gas production and provide long-term economic security for the state.”
“In the last few weeks while our national inflation rate continues to rise, we’ve been seeing nearly record-breaking prices at the pump. The families of Colorado cannot afford this. We cannot afford these restrictive energy policies,” said House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) in a press release provided by House Republicans. “Adjusting these policies and allowing Colorado to lead the nation in energy production is one way to address the cost of living in Colorado. Producing and exporting our energy will bring stability and increased capital to Colorado’s economy.”
“There is no reason why we should be paying other countries for our energy when we have every opportunity for responsible and environmentally conscious energy production right here in Colorado,” said Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley). “We have a real opportunity here to jump start our economy and bring back high paying jobs to our state. We are calling Governor Polis and our Democrat colleagues to rejuvenate our energy production and unleash the potential of Colorado energy producers.”
“While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the global oil supply, raising oil prices internationally, decades of harmful and restrictive regulation on energy production in the United States and in Colorado have weakened our national security, causing us to be dependent on foreign oil while the United States has the largest untapped oil supply worldwide,” said Representative Richard Holtorf (R-Akron).