Independence Institute president Jon Caldara tells Energy Now that out-going Governor Bill Ritter gets an “F” for energy policy.
Needless to say, that’s not the same grade Ritter would give himself. In the Governor’s interview with Energy Now, he touted his “fuel-switching” bill designed to kill the coal industry and the renewable energy mandate which forces Coloradans to pay more electricity so we can get power from windmills and solar panels.
Perhaps the worst revelation in Ritter’s interview is how cavalier the Governor is about job loses in the coal-mining industry because of his energy policy:
He says that while there have been some job losses in the coal-mining industry, it’s just one industry, and he believes those job losses are offset by jobs that have been created in other areas, like wind, solar, research and development.
At least Ritter acknowledges that mining families’ fears of job losses weren’t “overblown.”