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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
 – Margaret Thatcher
The greatest advancements in civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
 – Milton Friedman

Oxford English Dictionary

Roget’s Thesaurus

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

“you were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn’t stop to think if you should.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) Jurassic Park 1993

Two things:

My superpower is an ability to recall and sing AM hits of the 60s and 70s.

Also, I collect old cookbooks even though I rarely cook.

Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.

Amy began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts, and is famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources,” which the eco-left called “hands down the worst kind of feminism.”

In December 2016, she was honored to be the second person named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency.

She has authored and contributed to numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Hill, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.

In 2015, Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

Amy loves sports (especially baseball), politics, policy, and living in Weld County with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three, stepmom of two, and “pet guardian” of one libertarian-minded cat.

Latest Posts from the Energy Policy Center

  • The Cost & Impact of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for the State of Colorado

    The Cost & Impact of a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for the State of Colorado0

    • December 13, 2017

    As the 2018 Colorado governor’s race intensifies, two Democrat candidates have proposed extending Colorado’s existing Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 30 percent by 2020 to 100 percent by 2040. The purpose of this study is to highlight some of the main costs and impacts associated with a hypothetical 100 percent RPS in Colorado. Because few details have been released regarding the design of such a policy, this study evaluated the costs associated with two very different 100 percent RPS scenarios.

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  • Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant

    Capitulation or deliberation? CSU shouldn’t rush into early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant0

    • December 6, 2017

    If the Board of the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) doesn’t even know the per-kilowatt-hour cost for the municipal utility’s Martin Drake Power Plant – the power plant it is charged with overseeing – then the Board has no business making financial decisions that will dramatically impact the lives of every CSU ratepayer. Yet, that’s exactly

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  • Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win

    Bears Ears: When local residents successfully fight feds, we all win0

    • December 4, 2017

    President Trump and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke have righted a wrong, marking a victory for local voices and fair and just government. After months of meeting and conferring with local residents, tribal leaders, and elected officials, the Trump administration reduced the size of the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. As

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  • Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan

    Retired KS lawmaker and geophysicist warns PUC against Xcel’s “inherently damaging” energy plan0

    • November 29, 2017

    “Inherently damaging” is how former Kansas State Representative and Chairman of House Energy and Environment Committee Dennis Hedke (Republican) describes Xcel Energy’s “Colorado Energy Plan” in a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and copied to the Colorado State Senate majority leadership and the Independence Institute. Hedke sent the letter certified mail and

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