Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Hick’s ‘Great Fracking’ Commission is a farce

Dear Editor,

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants an 18 member fracking commission to “compromise.” But Hickenlooper’s preconditions for the fracking commission are one-sided and laughable.

The governor will only appoint people who believe the state’s control of fracking operations preempts any local community’s right to control or ban fracking operations. Where is the compromise?

The governor demands that the commission NOT discuss air quality and water quality impacts from fracking. Where is the compromise?

As governor I will disband the whole fracking commission, assuming it even gets off the ground. (Hickenlooper may also drop the whole idea the day after the election, if he is reelected. Bob Beauprez, the Republican candidate for governor, certainly would.)

At a gut level I resist one-size-fits-all solutions for Colorado. Maybe people in Weld County are happy with fracking for the revenue it provides. Maybe people in Boulder County think putting up with fracking isn’t worth the money. I say let the locals decide.

Local communities have a natural right to control local activities. That is the whole point of Rep. Jared Polis’ initative #89, which won’t be on the ballot in November thanks to arm-twisting from the governor.

There are more than a dozen special tax exemptions for oil and gas extraction in Colorado’s severance tax code, costing taxpayers over $250,000,000 per year. Continuing to prop up oil and gas development unfairly impacts and delays development of renewable, non-polluting energy sources in Colorado.

As governor I will work to end tax subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and level the playing field for development of renewable, non-polluting energy sources.

Harry Hempy
Green candidate for Governor of Colorado for the People of Colorado
Jamestown
harryhempy@fullsignal.net