With that in mind, this is the first in a series of articles to help explain complex political issues and candidate policy positions in terms understandable to our fellow citizens (low information voters).
Our first topic is Energy Development in Colorado.
On one side of the issue, Democrat Candidate for Governor Jared Polis has taken the following position:
“Climate change is real and the consequences are becoming a reality. I’m running on a plan to bring Colorado to 100% renewable energy by 2040, we can’t afford to wait.”Since a 100 % renewable energy goal would of necessity eliminate the oil and gas industry in Colorado, Republican Candidate for Governor Walker Stapleton has pointed out the following:
“Colorado's oil and gas industry contributes over 200,000 jobs and over $30 billion to Colorado's economy.”We asked our staff energy expert, Petroleum Pete, to encapsulate the issue into a simple, understandable summation for Colorado voters. Here is his summary, produced with the help from staff graphic artist, Pixel Pete:
We hope this helps.
NOTE: Look for upcoming installments in our aids to voters on other important issues.