Gardner Leads on New Generation Energy Policy

Denver, CO — Today Cory Gardner touted his record on a 21st century, all-of-the-above energy policy that utilizes Colorado’s abundant natural resources and invests in renewable technology for the future. Since his first days in elected office, Cory has been a committed supporter of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, charting territory few Republicans have been willing to traverse.

“I have never wavered in my support for a forward-thinking American energy policy, and Colorado is at the center of our national energy revolution,” Cory said. “From wind power on the Eastern Plains to hydropower on the Western Slope and from gas fields in Northern Colorado to the technological innovation on the Front Range, our state really has it all when it comes to energy.”

In 2007, Cory co-wrote the law that established the Colorado Clean Energy Development Authority. Former Governor Ritter (D-CO) lauded Cory’s bill and said in his 2007 State of the State Address that it would “solve one of the biggest challenges when it comes to clean energy” by providing funding for putting it on the grid. While on the House floor speaking in favor of the bill, Representative Buffie McFadyen (D-Pueblo West) remarked, “Representative Gardner and I sometimes disagree…[but] I like renewable energy and Representative Gardner likes renewable energy.” Cory’s legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In 2010, when the Colorado General Assembly enacted the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act to reduce carbon emissions, Cory was one of a handful of Republicans to support the effort. Cory understands that conservation of our environment is critically important to any energy strategy and that balancing development of our resources with protection of our natural surroundings is sound policy. While some in Washington promote a top-down approach to regulations, Cory believes the states are perfectly capable of enacting their own and stands by the emissions reduction success his support for this legislation has achieved for Colorado.

Since his first days in Congress, Cory has advocated for an extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC). This critical tax break has helped develop an industry of new energy throughout Colorado and brought thousands of jobs to our state. It has also attracted more than $4 billion in investment, bringing much needed economic development in the wake of a years-long recession. Cory isn’t afraid to cross party lines when it means more jobs, a healthier economy, and a better future for Colorado.

Cory is recognized as a national leader on energy efficiency initiatives and founded a bipartisan caucus with Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) to promote new policy ideas that save taxpayers money and help the environment. While most people don’t associate Republicans with energy efficiency, Cory has been instrumental in promoting it among his colleagues and gaining support across party lines. One piece of Cory’s energy efficiency legislation recently passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee with unanimous support. In addition, the White House invited Cory and Congressman Welch to speak about their energy efficiency work. Cory later led a letter to the White House asking them to extend certain initiatives, a request with which the President complied one month later.

“Cory’s not your typical Republican,” Gardner spokesman Alex Siciliano said. “Whether it’s wind, solar, oil, gas, biomass, or efficiency measures, Cory has always stood for Colorado jobs and a brighter future for our nation’s energy policy. He is part of a new generation of leadership ready to lead the next generation.”