Climate change anxiety suffered by one state lawmaker is leading to extreme legislative proposals to end all new energy production in Colorado by 2030 and cutting annual drilling activities by nearly half.
Democrat state Sen. Kevin Priola is one of the sponsors who fears a mass extinction is just around the corner.
Priola worries that his coughing fits are a result of impending climate doom, which he claims has already shortened Colorado winters.
That’s reason enough for Priola to kneecap the state’s $48 million industry that supports 300,000 jobs and drives billions in tax dollars that fund our nanny government.
PeakNation™ will recall that Priola initially tricked voters into thinking he was a Republican to get elected, and didn’t come out of the closet as a Democrat in 2022 when he finally switched parties.
Kait Schwartz, director of American Petroleum Institute Colorado, told Ed Sealover at The Sum & Substance the legislation contained “career-ending language” for the state’s energy workers.
“I think this is one of the first times they have been blatant enough to use the words ‘phase-out’ or ‘ban.’”
Priola and Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis of Boulder County assure the Colorado Sun the energy ban would come in phases to “first protect minority and lower-income residents in disproportionately impacted communities.”
Just so we’re all clear on this, if Colorado is forced import the energy it needs for heat and transportation from other states or overseas, not only will it drive up energy costs, but the first to be impacted will be lower income residents of all colors, persuasions, and genders.
From the Colorado Sun:
“If this bill were to pass, it would not only crush the economy, but it would hurt the environment by relying on foreign countries with lesser environmental standards to provide the energy we need,” said Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Colorado produces some of the “cleanest” oil and gas in the nation, “under the most stringent regulations,” he said. “Any attempt to ban this reliable and clean energy could also hurt consumers, as lack of supply inevitably drives up costs even further when our state is already locked in an affordability crisis.”
Big Environment of course supports the measures, because getting lawmakers to do their crazy bidding is cheaper than getting a measure on the ballot and trying to convince Colorado voters to give up affordable heat and transportation while crippling the state’s economy.