According to the Energy Information Administration, as Coloradans we enjoy energy costs 20% lower than other states because of local production. Read more here.
Our local schools and other government services also benefit from the industry’s taxes. In 2012, the industry contributed over $1.6 billion in public revenues, almost $500 million of which went to education. Click here to see exact figures.
Lastly, but arguably most importantly, everyday items such as plastics and dyes to nail polish and aspirin are petroleum based. To find out how much energy a family of four uses, click here.