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John Hickenlooper on Environment

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor

 


Support nuclear power

John Hickenlooper on Nuclear Power: Support nuclear power.

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Many environmentalists and scientists believe it will be impossible to decarbonize the power sector and fight climate change without maintaining nuclear power, because it offers more capacity than renewables and is more reliable to dispatch since it does not rely on the wind or sunshine.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Toughest methane regulations in the country

I'm a small-business owner who brought that same scrappy spirit to big Colorado, one of the most progressive states in America. We attacked climate change with the toughest methane regulations in the country. You don't need big government to do big things. I know that because I'm the one person up here who's actually done the big progressive things everyone else is talking about. If we turn towards socialism, we run the risk of helping to re-elect the worst president in American history.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) , Jun 27, 2019

Solve problem of disposal of high-level radioactive waste

Q: Do you think nuclear energy should be part of the U.S.'s decarbonizing toolbox? Do you support the construction of new nuclear energy plants? Providing federal support to keep existing ones online?

Hickenlooper: Yes, but there has to be a stronger effort to solve the problem of disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

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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