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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
free thinking is a super power
–  Kayne West

Oxford English Dictionary

Roget’s Thesaurus

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Five Days at Memorial

“You see how picky I am about my shoes, and those only go on my feet.”
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) from Clueless (1995)

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 proud to be one of the original state-level, free market energy policy advocates and is famous for her provocative messages 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.”

She founded a Colorado non-profit organization the Coalition of Ratepayers to provide a voice for captive ratepayers and to intervene in regulatory proceedings on behalf of small business and residential utility customers.

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

Her work on important ballot measures has earned her numerous awards including the Spark Freedom Trendsetter Award for social media outreach and both the prestigious Reed and Pollie awards for best Spanish language TV ad for a ballot measure.

Amy is a former senior fellow with the influential Independent Women’s Forum, a free market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a National Advisory Board member for the Steamboat Institute.

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, Colorado Politics, and The Hill.  She has appeared on Fox News, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.

In 2015, Amy retired after 10 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 earned a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s degree in American History from the University of Northern Colorado.

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 and stepmom of two.

Latest Posts from the Energy Policy Center

  • Pricey Electrification Gets a Boost from Local Media

    Pricey Electrification Gets a Boost from Local Media0

    • February 6, 2024

    Many Democratic lawmakers, climate activists, and progressive academics see so-called beneficial electrification as the wave of the future for climate action. As such, there has been a growing chorus among this community in recent years calling for the end of natural gas heating systems and appliances and propping up their electric alternatives as superior options. Occasionally,

  • Energy & Environmental Policy Center’s Testimony on Bill to Classify Nuclear as ‘Clean Energy’

    Energy & Environmental Policy Center’s Testimony on Bill to Classify Nuclear as ‘Clean Energy’0

    • January 25, 2024

    On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Independence Institute’s Energy and Environmental Policy Analyst Jake Fogleman testified on SB24-039 in the Colorado Senate Transportation & Energy Committee. The bill would have amended the state’s statutory definitions of “clean energy” and “clean energy resources” to include nuclear energy. The committee ultimately voted not to pass the bill at

  • Colorado Lawmakers to Consider Pro-Nuclear Bill

    Colorado Lawmakers to Consider Pro-Nuclear Bill0

    • January 22, 2024

    Colorado lawmakers are set to consider their first nuclear energy bill of the 2024 legislative session later this week. SB24-039, dubbed “Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource,” is scheduled to go before the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee for first reading on Wednesday. The bill seeks to level the playing field for carbon-free energy

  • Colorado PUC Trims Xcel’s Unprecedented Renewables Plan

    Colorado PUC Trims Xcel’s Unprecedented Renewables Plan0

    • December 21, 2023

    Ratepayer interests received a small win from Colorado regulators overseeing Xcel Energy’s latest resource plan. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) pared back Xcel’s $15 billion request to build wind, solar, batteries, and new transmission lines by around $3 billion last week. The PUC’s trimming of Xcel’s request came as it approved an alternative resource