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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 both the Spark Freedom Trendsetter Award for social media outreach and a prestigious Reed Award for best Spanish language TV ad for a ballot measure.

Amy is also a 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 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 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

  • Radical Reorganization of Colorado’s Electric Grid: The Cost of Keeping the Lights On

    Radical Reorganization of Colorado’s Electric Grid: The Cost of Keeping the Lights On0

    • November 18, 2019

    IP-3-2019 (October 2019) Author: Grant Mandigora with contributors: David Wojick, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, Mitchell Rolling, and Brit Naas. DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Executive Summary: Colorado Governor Jared Polis wants to see a renewable energy transition within the next 20 years and has cited future savings as evidence that it should be undertaken. However, he has also

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  • The Coalition of Ratepayers Case Study

    The Coalition of Ratepayers Case Study0

    • November 4, 2019

    The Coalition of Ratepayers is a Colorado non-profit composed of small businesses and individuals. It has been an active party in two electric utility regulatory proceedings: the Rush Creek Wind Farm and the Colorado Energy Plan (CEP). The Coalition first intervened against the Rush Creek Wind Farm, and although the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved

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  • Woodstock for Microgrid and Energy Geeks

    Woodstock for Microgrid and Energy Geeks0

    • October 15, 2019

    Save the Date!  Join us for the first ever Colorado Microgrid Summit on Friday, November 8th! We don’t want to be like California. Really. We don’t. The stories and headlines coming out of Golden State are frightening after the nation’s biggest utility Pacific Gas & Electric cut off power to more than a million people

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  • Conclusion: Reflection and New Hope for 2020

    Conclusion: Reflection and New Hope for 20200

    • September 6, 2019

    Conclusion of our series on the Colorado Green New Deal As the summer ends, it’s time to wrap up our series on the Colorado Green New Deal (CGND). Democrats in the house, senate, and governor’s office have been dedicated to moving the state toward what the Polis Administration describes as a “clean energy future.” This

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