Earlier this week, KDVR reported that Boulder liberal and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is heavily investing in the “local” Colorado anti-fracking initiative aimed at gutting the strongest and fastest growing sector of the Colorado economy right now (energy). From KDVR:
Congressman Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, is putting his own money behind a series of possible ballot measures aimed at banning fracking.
…FOX31 Denver has confirmed that Polis is closely aligned with the group “Coloradans for Local Control,” which announced Monday that it has introduced language on nine potential anti-fracking ballot measures for the state to approve. [the Peak emphasis]
We wonder how Polis’ spokesman keeps a straight face when uttering this nonsense:
“While Congressman Polis believes that hydraulic fracturing is an important part of an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan, he has long believed that homeowners lack sufficient avenues to protect their health, property, and communities from the negative impacts that can sometimes accompany fracking,” said Scott Overland. [the Peak emphasis]
Weird, most of those local national groups with which Polis is aligning himself have stated their ultimate goal is a complete ban on fracking across the entire country. Sounds like an “all-of-the-above” strategy to us.
Here from an earlier post we did on how the “local” Colorado initiative wasn’t that local at all:
Like Food and Water Watch, according to The Daily Camera, Frack-Free Colorado’s main objective is “a statewide fracking moratorium or ban on the practice.”
Then again, hypocrisy is nothing new for Polis when it comes to fracking and oil and gas, as KDVR points out:
Polis, who’s made millions from investments in the oil and gas energy, made a lot of noise last August after he was unable to stop a well from being drilled just across the street from his property near Berthoud. [the Peak emphasis]
We guess we should call him Mr. NIMBY, or should we say, Mr. NIMVHBY – Not In My Vacation Home’s Backyard (really doesn’t have the same ring, does it?).
Then again, maybe he’s just taking a page out of Senator Mark Udall’s playbook by claiming he’s in favor of an “above all” strategy, yet voting against it. Congratulations Rep. Polis, you’re our “Hypocrite of the Week”.