Colorado, let’s take a little looksie at who’s running your districts this time around, and who wins the green game! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Colorado
So, you guys have an open primary, which means that as long as you’re registered, you can go right on in and cast your vote for whoever you like. We hope you take into account the green candidates we’ve outlined below because we think that green and sustainable energy should be one of the main topics for this election cycle. Your primary is on June 26, so let’s get cracka lackin.
Things on the ballot this year: U.S. House, governor, attorney general, secretary of state, other state executive offices, state senate, state house, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, local judges, municipal government, recalls, and ballot measures.
U.S. House of Representatives.
Find your district here.
- Incumbent since 1996
- Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, United States House of Representatives, 2005-present
- Former Democratic Floor Whip, United States House of Representatives
- Former Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives
- Vice Chair, Committee on Energy and Commerce, 2007-2011
- Energy and Commerce, Member
- Subcommittee on Environment, Member
- Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Member
- Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce), Member
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce), Ranking Member
Diana is a ranking member of quite a few important subcommittees that have to do with environment and energy (see above). She’s been working on keeping EPA protections intact, she’s a ranking member of the committee that’s been reviewing the solar loan guarantee program, and researching the safety threats that come from fracking. She’s a big supporter of expanding hydro-power initiatives, and she co-sponsored the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, which is helping expand hydro-power projects and energy use. A lot of the small hydropower projects are taking place due to this piece of legislation is in Colorado. She’s bringing jobs and energy to District 1, the rest of the state, and the nation.
Diana thinks that fracking won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Although we don’t particularly like that mindset, she has worked really hard to put groundwater safeguards into place and has made funding available to do research on the best ways to avoid fracking accidents that could harm the environment. She’s been working towards implementing some really good regulations for the chemicals used for fracking, which include making the chemicals used in the process available to the public, and making the industry non-exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act (it’s exempt now, boo).
Dianna has put some good common-sense regulations in place and has shown her commitment to the environment and public health through her voting record and her stances on green energy.
Other District 1 Candidates:
District 2, you have some good candidates that have a lot to say about how to keep the environment clean.
Our pick: Joe Neguse
- Ex-Univ. of Colorado Regent
Joe is our pick for District 12. He has some really strong stances on fracking and ending subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. He’s all about transitioning 100% to renewables and moving the subsidies currently given to the fossil fuel industry to renewable energy companies. He’s a big supporter of Colorado’s Rising 2,500 ft. setback initiative, which is a pretty cool thing that enforces at least 2,500 ft. of land between a fracking site and/or oil development space and any occupied building. He wants to introduce a Clean Ground Act, which would encompass regulations to end the influx of poisonous chemicals into the ground, cutting back and regulating pesticides, and researching other health hazards that we are putting into the ground. Joe is also a supporter of the OFF Act, which would put the US on track for 100% clean energy by 2035. That’s an ambitious goal, and we like it!
Other District 2 Candidates:
- Jared Polis (D) – Candidate for Governor in 2018. Incumbent. (Jared isn’t running for the House anymore, but he is running for governor. We would recommend him for governor if we ever got involved with State politics. He has an awesome history with green energy.)
- Mark Williams (D)
- Peter Yu (R)
- Nick Thomas (Independent)
District 3, you have a few candidates who have stuff to say about green energy, but Karl Hanlon really stood out as a dedicated candidate for sustainable energy.
Our Pick: Karl Hanlon
- Ex-Glenwood Springs City Attorney
- Former Seasonal Park Ranger, Colorado Division of Parks
Karl has quite a few opinions on sustainable energy, climate change, and preserving the environment. Since Colorado has a lot of rural beauty, it’s only natural that Hanlon wants to protect the places that provide joy and a livelihood to the people who live there (and who visit).
As far as climate change goes, Karl is a firm believer that it’s a bipartisan issue. If climate change goes unchecked, it will be an issue for everyone. He’s made his own plan, the Hanlon Climate Plan, which is one of his very solid policies that he would like to begin implementing in Congress the day he starts. It’s a collection of changes that target policies that would increase funding to combat climate change, protect outdoor recreation activities (and the places where they happen) and increase awareness of what would happen when these places inevitably disappear.
Hanlon wants to re-commit to the Paris Climate Accord, which we think is fantastic, and has an admirable goal of reaching 80% renewable energy by 2050. He’s done his research on what needs to happen to make America a leading influence in that area and is committed to seeing that through in Congress. He really wants to cut down America’s carbon footprint while increasing the job market. We like that about Karl.
Expanding renewable energy funding and research is also a priority, as getting America’s carbon footprint reduction to less than 20% of what is it now is pretty much impossible without renewables. He’s open to tax incentives and credits, subsidies, and repealing those things for big oil corporations.
Here’s our fav quote from Hanlon:
“The concept that our financial wellbeing is tied to high quality stewardship was a lesson I learned early in agriculture. We must always think of sustainability, not only in the short term but in the long term. The land and water are our livelihood.”
Honestly, we could keep going on and on about Hanlon. But this covers a lot of the core material that we think is necessary for you to know. If you’re super interested in his entire platform, we recommend checking out his webpage.
Other District 3 Candidates:
- Scott Tipton (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent
- Diane Mitsch Bush (D)
- Arn Menconi (D)
- Gaylon Kent (Libertarian)
- Mary Malarsie (Independent)
Hey there, District 4. None of your candidates have very developed platforms on renewable energy, so here’s a light overview of what we could find:
Ken Buck (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent
Ken thinks that green energy is a burden to the common American and couldn’t give a whit what happens to the environment. Needless to say, we’re not a huge fan.
Chase Kohne (D) – Veterinarian & Army Reserve Officer
Kohne has some good ideas for pushing energy producers to use more and more renewable sources by setting achievable goals and using incentives. He wants to see the economy grow by using green energy to push it along. He wants to get Colorado at 50% renewable energy by 2050. That’s worth a few snaps, in our opinion.
Karen McCormick (D) – Retired Veterinarian & Volunteer Teacher
Karen wants to advance the economy sustainable energy. Karen doesn’t outline any specific opinions on how to move the energy infrastructure away from oil, coal, and natural gas, but she does support growing the hydro, solar, and wind energy options available in the 4th district.
District 5, there’s only one green candidate running!
Our pick: Stephany Rose Spaulding
- Baptist Minister
- College Professor
Stephany correlates global and national security with climate change, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s important to understand the risks that climate change poses to all Americans and to every human everywhere. Stephany wants to see fossil fuels stopped and replaced with renewable energy resources.
Stephany supports a Carbon Dividends Plan, which will increase the fees on carbon emissions as time goes on, promoting green energy initiatives and use. The dividends from this tax will go right back to the people.
She wants to see energy infrastructure that balances the use of sustainable energy platforms with the decline of fossil fuels. As fossil fuels die out, the economy will be stabilized with the production of green energy jobs.
She’s also big into protecting the Rocky Mountain parks, wild places, and preserves from fracking and extraction methods. In a unique twist, she’s also focused on eliminating inaccurate information about energy and environmental impacts. Only the truth for Stephany.
Other District 5 Candidates:
- Doug Lamborn (R) – (Campaign Site) – incumbent
- Darryl Glenn (R)
- Owen Hill (R)
- Bill Rhea (R)
- Tyler Stevens (R)
- Marcus Murphy (D/Write-In)
Our pick: Jason Crow
- Iraq War Veteran
Jason Crow is a man with a plan. He wants to get into Congress and get climate change on the agenda as a pressing issue. He’s made a pretty handy list of his goals to achieve in Congress when it comes to Clean Energy. Here are some highlights:
- Transition to 50% clean energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050
- Promote investments in infrastructure and smart grid technology
- Lower carbon and mercury emissions produced by utilities
- Protect rebates, low-interest loans, and tax incentives for industry transitioning to clean energy
- Provide tax credits for taxpayers who install solar power or other conservation projects in their homes
- Invest in research and development for new energy sources and clean energy technologies
- Increase use of clean energy for government properties such as the Department of Defense to ensure reliable, independent, and secure sources of power
- Require consistent safety regulations for oil and gas operators
- Require a disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to protect public health and safety
- Close the loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows hydraulic fracturing to ignore Clean Water Act rules
This is a pretty solid platform if you ask us. The importance of all of these factors in producing a healthy environment can’t be ignored anymore. Crow also wants to protect the public lands, and support the EPA’s ability to protect clean water, air, and the environment from toxic chemicals and pollutants. He also wants to see the U.S. become a strong player in the Paris Climate Agreement, have a strong leadership presence in a green energy economy, and see the U.S. move away from fossil fuel consumption and production, both domestic and foreign.
Other District 6 Candidates:
Hey 7, your candidates other than your incumbent don’t have very developed platforms for sustainable technology. Your incumbent doesn’t have the most ~ideal green platform, but here’s some info on what he’s done anyways. We wouldn’t call it an endorsement, but we would suggest him until we can find out more green info from other candidates.
Perlmutter believes in the all-the-above energy plan. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a platform that focuses on increasing production of ALL kinds of energy, not just sustainable energy. So Perlmutter believes in keeping oil and natural gas industry alive and well, instead of investing in cleaner energy technology. He does, however, believe in incentivizing clean energy initiatives over decreasing our overall dependence on fossil fuels. He wants to keep federal lands free and available to the public and protect the environment using federal power. This includes wildlife preserves and national monuments and parks.