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‘OUR STATE WILL BE FINE WITHOUT THEM’: PROP 112 CAMPAIGN’S SHAMEFUL COMMENTS ON ENERGY WORKERS

State Rep. Joe Salazar, attorney and spokesman for the Proposition 112 campaign, said the following at a small rally outside the State Capitol on Saturday:

“The oil and gas industry needs to be looked at as an immoral industry … It has no business here in the state of Colorado. Our state will be fine without them.”

These disgraceful comments deserve immediate condemnation from political leaders and candidates across the spectrum. Calling tens of thousands of energy workers immoral, saying they have no right to live here, and declaring our state will be fine without them is shameful, dishonest and extreme.

These are decent men and women with families, and thanks to their hard work, we can heat our homes in the winter, drive our cars and keep the lights on year-round, along with so many other modern conveniences that support our way of life. Colorado energy workers are also our friends, neighbors and family members, contributing in countless ways to their communities and our state. But to the Proposition 112 campaign, they are bad people who should be kicked out of our state.

Rep. Salazar’s comments and the cheers he received from Prop 112 activists expose yet again what the Proposition 112 campaign is all about. For all their denials about trying to ban new drilling in Colorado and all their deceptive talking points, Rep. Salazar’s gaffe reveals the truth: Proposition 112 is just an extension of the “ban fracking everywhere” and “keep it in the ground” campaigns of Food & Water Watch in Washington, D.C. and 350.org in New York.

These fringe national groups are heavily supporting Proposition 112 is because they know it will effectively ban new drilling in Colorado and drive the oil and gas sector out of our state, along with tens of thousands of working families. They would call that a huge victory, but the losses for our state would be massive, including almost 150,000 jobs destroyed, a $7-9 billion in shortfall in state and local tax revenue for schools and other essential services, and roughly $200 billion in economic losses over the next decade.

 


THOUSANDS OF COLORADANS SAY ‘VOTE NO ON 112’ AT RALLIES ACROSS THE STATE

For months, a wave of opposition has been building against Proposition 112. High-profile opponents include both gubernatorial candidates, Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton, and the Denver Post editorial board, which said Prop 112 “is written in such a way as to effectively ban oil and gas operations.”

But the community-level opposition to Prop 112 is also overwhelming, as shown by the turnout at dozens of rallies and other events all across the state. Energy workers, citizens and community representatives have turned out by the thousands to defend a critical sector of our economy and a major source of public revenue for schools and other essential government services.


More than 30 civic and business groups vow to defeat Prop 112 as opposition to job-destroying ballot measure grows

More than 30 civic and business groups vow to defeat Prop 112 as opposition to job-destroying ballot measure grows

“The intent of this proposal is to in-effect ban almost all oil and gas production in Colorado.” – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

More than three quarters of the jobs destroyed by this ballot measure will come from outside the state’s oil and natural gas sector … That is why you are seeing the business community working so hard to defeat this measure.” – Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry

“The economic damage from Proposition 112 could literally trigger a recession in Colorado, and our coalition will make sure voters fully understand the consequences of this deceptively written ballot measure.” – NFIB Colorado

DENVER (Sept. 12) – The coalition to defeat Proposition 112 continues to grow, with more than 30 civic and business groups and dozens of current and former elected officials vowing to defeat the economically destructive ballot measure pushing by national “keep it in the ground” groups.

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Club 20, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Colorado Municipal League and the Colorado chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business are some of the latest groups to formally announce their opposition to Proposition 112. They join a massive bipartisan coalition that includes both candidates for governor, Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton.


LOMAX | Anti-oil & gas Initiative 97 asks us to vote against our own best interests

Investors: Don’t buy what political activists are trying to sell you in Colorado.

I’m surprised this reminder is even necessary, given how anti-oil and gas ballot measures collapsed in 2014 and 2016. But according to the Denver Business Journal, this month’s signature submittal for anti-oil and gas Initiative 97 “rattled some investors,” with a $3 billion drop in the combined market value of some of Colorado’s largest energy companies observed in the days afterward.

To be clear, $3 billion is roughly 5 percent of the combined market capitalization of these firms, so it’s nothing they can’t bounce back from. But the nature of this knee-jerk reaction is surprising nonetheless. It ignores a whole host of fundamentals – specifically, the longstanding hurdles facing any ballot measure targeting the oil and gas industry in Colorado.


Economically Destructive Initiative 97 Will Be Defeated, Business Coalition Vows

If anti-oil and gas Initiative 97 qualifies for the ballot this year, it will hit a wall of bipartisan opposition and be defeated convincingly, Colorado business leaders said today while releasing a list of groups opposed to the ballot measure.

Initiative 97 will be defeated, if it qualifies, for a simple reason: Public and private studies of Initiative 97 have shown the voters of this state the severe economic impacts of this extreme ballot measure. State energy regulators concluded the ballot measure would ban oil and natural gas development across most of Colorado, including 85 percent of state and private land. The sweeping energy ban imposed by Initiative 97 would destroy well over 100,000 jobs and take $1 billion of tax revenue away from state and local governments, according to a study conducted by the REMI Partnership, a coalition of business groups including Colorado Concern and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.


Boulder, Out-of-State Donors Represent Lion Share of Initiative 97 Funds

Boulder, out-of-state donors represent lion share of Initiative 97 funds
90% of Colorado Rising’s in-state donors from Boulder

 

DENVER (July 31, 2018) – With days left until petitions are due to the Secretary of State, Initiative 97’s donor report looks more like a Boulder County initiative than a statewide effort.  

According to Colorado Rising’s latest campaign finance report, the committee raised more than $250,000 in July bringing its total haul to $527,000. Half of the issue committee’s contributions stem from Boulder County, while another 43% come from outside Colorado. The biggest champion for 97 appears to be Washington, DC-based Food and Water Watch, which contributed $190,000 and accounts for more than a third of the committee’s total fundraising. Food and Water Watch has campaigned for years for a statewide oil and gas development ban in Colorado. The group has even called Colorado “ground zero” in a fringe national campaign to “ban fracking everywhere.”

The geographical distribution of Colorado Rising stands in stark contrast to Colorado’s energy development and voter profile. For example, 80% of the state’s energy production comes from Weld County, yet contributions from those residents account for less than 1% of the committee’s fundraising. Additionally, Boulder County voters make up 6% of the state’s 3.8 million registered voters.


Colorado business community condemns devastating impacts of anti-oil and gas ballot measure

DENVER (July 9, 2018) – Colorado’s business community is more determined than ever to defeat anti-oil and gas Initiative 97, following the release of a new state analysis showing the ballot measure’s staggering impacts.

The groups behind Initiative 97 want to drive oil and natural gas development out of Colorado, plain and simple,” said Peter Moore, Chairman and CEO of Vital for Colorado, a coalition of state business organizations including the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Concern and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

The new analysis shows the Colorado energy sector would be devastated by this ballot measure – and the business community refuses to let that happen. Every sector of the state economy is important, but the energy sector plays a critical role. Local energy production supports jobs, investment, tax revenues and quite literally fuels every other sector of Colorado’s economy,” Moore said.

There are hundreds of thousands of working families in Colorado whose livelihoods depend on local oil and natural gas production, and billions of dollars of future tax revenue are at stake,” said Newmark Knight Frank Managing Director and Vital for Colorado board member Kittie Hook. “How can we make progress on education, transportation and other challenges if the state economy is crippled and we are struggling to fund basic services?


Help us push back against the attacks on oil and gas workers

The attacks on the oil and gas industry continue. A CU-Boulder researcher released a study that, according to a Denver Post article"contends that people living within 500 feet of an oil and gas facility have a lifetime excess cancer risk eight times higher than the upper limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. What that means is that breathing the air near an oil and gas well for years at a time places people at additional risk of developing cancer above normal rates, according to the study."

To the uninitiated, the conclusions asserted by the study are frightening and have served as a renewed rallying call for those opposed to oil and natural gas development. 

Thankfully, the study's conclusions don't hold water when put under scrutiny. Says who? 


Civil dialogue is needed on Colorado’s energy future

They say you shouldn’t talk politics, religion or money in polite company. We disagree. We believe that controversial issues deserve collaborative and innovative problem solving working to keep Colorado as one of the best places to live. The Bighorn Energy Leadership Fellows spent eight days together this fall doing exactly that over three meals a day, presentations from 31 local and international experts, and one improv comedy show. We stayed polite and disagreed without being disagreeable.

We are Coloradans from across the political spectrum, hailing from around the state, ranging from college student to near retirement, and working in a variety of sectors. We are members of the 2017 cohort of Bighorn Leadership Program: Colorado’s Energy Future. The Bighorn Leadership Program was founded in 2001 to ensure that Colorado has a deep bench of thoughtful individuals who will actively and constructively engage in the public policy arena both on the local and state levels.


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