Forum Makes Clear Where Candidates Stand on Coal

forumColorado’s gubernatorial and senatorial candidates got together for a forum today on the future of energy in the state. The forum, heard live this morning on 93-7 and 102-3 KRAI, 55 Country and online at, allowed the candidates in Colorado’s hottest races to give voters their vision of the future of the state’s energy industry. Of note was Senator Mark Udall’s switch from an “all of the above” stance, to a “best of the above” stance on energy development. Although Udall, in the past has said he supports the use of coal, he has praised the EPA’s new carbon emissions rules as “a good start”, indicating he would like to see even harsher regulations levied on the coal industry. The rules are expected to kill thousands of coal jobs in the state, and threaten the economies of smaller mining towns throughout Colorado. Also speaking at the forum were Udall’s challenger, Cory Gardner, Governor John Hickenlooper, and Hickenlooper’s challenger Bob Beauprez. Gardner and Beauprez spoke favorably of using coal, while Udall and Hickenlooper focused on renewable energy sources. Comments from Gardner and Beauprez were similar to those they shared with Wild West Radio months ago. Hickenlooper and Udall have shown no interest in committing to our interview requests.

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