Amy Oliver Cooke and Michael Sandoval Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter boasted that Colorado is at the â€œepicenter of Americaâ€™s New Energy Economyâ€ and that it would be a â€œlasting legacyâ€ to our children and all future generations.
This past spring, Ritter, now paid $300,000 to direct Colorado State Universityâ€™s Center for the New Energy Economy, took to the stage in a national debate to defend the motion, â€œClean energy can drive Americaâ€™s economic recovery.â€ He bragged about the 57 pieces of legislation he signed to create the â€œNew Energy Economy,â€ but that wasnâ€™t enough to convince the audience.
Another green zealot State Representative Max Tyler also claimed clean energy to be an economic panacea. In a March 2010 Denver Post guest editorial Tyler wrote that his bill (HB10-1001) to increase Coloradoâ€™s renewable energy standard (RES) for investor owned utilities such as Xcel Energy from 20 to 30 percent within the next decade would â€œcreate thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of jobs in the New Energy Economyâ€ without â€œincreasing energy costs.â€
He also wrote that the higher RES would â€œstabilize or even lowerâ€ energy costs and â€œhelp us continue to balance our state budgetâ€
Both men are wrong.
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