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“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans – and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” Mitt Romney – RNC Nomination Acceptance Speech, August 30, 2012.
Mark August 30, 2012, as the day Mitt Romney lost Colorado. We expect the not so subtle swipe at the Obama Administration’s efforts to address climate change and environmental issues in general will fall decidedly flat among Colorado’s conservation minded voters.
Mitt Romney, perhaps fully taken by tea partiers, has completely bought into the false choice that we must choose between a strong economy and a clean environment.
Coloradans in poll after poll have stated that we can protect the environment and have a strong economy. As a matter of fact, Colorado businesses and our political leaders has made the environment – our access to outdoor recreation, Rocky Mountain blue skies, and our health conscious and outdoor orientated population – one of the prime marketing tools for our State.
On top of that we have substantially invested in a “new energy economy” which has resulted in the creation of over 72,000 green jobs in our State. Once Romney’s campaign inexplicably opposed the bipartisan supported wind production tax credit – all hope of an extension this fall was lost in the political morass of Washington. Coloradans lost their jobs because of it.
We are so lucky to live in our blessed state – our mountains, access to clean rivers, the sight of our Bronco orange sunsets, and the ability to lose yourself in our open spaces. For some reason Romney has made the political calculation to put its political eggs in the basket of the past.
Not so in Colorado. We are working to create a sustainable future and preserve the Colorado we enjoy today for future generations. We know that slowing the rise of the oceans and healing our planet is imperative and important for Coloradans and their families.
We will work this fall to make sure Coloradans and our elected officials remember that at the ballot box.