As the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Ernest Luning reports–Republican candidates for governor are lining up to criticize Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states who remain committed to mitigating the effects of human-caused climate change despite President Donald Trump pulling our country out of the Paris Climate Accords:
“When I am elected [g]overnor, I will repeal this misguided order on Day 1,” wrote entrepreneur and former state lawmaker Victor Mitchell in a Facebook post. “We all want clean air, but Hickenlooper’s rogue mandate is not the answer. It will cost Colorado jobs and hit every consumer in the wallet. And all this harm for unknown benefits. Say NO loudly to this politically motivated action by our lame duck [g]overnor.”
Doug Robinson, a former investment banker and Mitt Romney’s nephew, also said he would rescind Hickenlooper’s order if elected.
“Everyone wants to keep Colorado pristine, but this smacks of political grandstanding,” Robinson told Colorado Politics. “As Gov. Hickenlooper correctly points out, market forces are already driving the development of cleaner technology. And that’s exactly how it should work. The government shouldn’t be picking winners and losers in any industry.”
George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District attorney, belittled Hickenlooper’s declaration as ineffectual and wrong-headed…
One of Hickenlooper’s goals, Brauchler said, jumped out as particularly ridiculous. “We have seen such a lack of leadership over the last 10 years of funding the upkeep and expansion of our roads, when I read about these ‘charging corridors’ for electric cars,” he said and then interrupted himself with laughter. “Our roads are in such disrepair, we’re going to push more and more electric cars onto them? You can actually charge your car now while sitting stuck in traffic along (Highway) 36 or (Interstate)-25.”
Polls show that a solid majority of Coloradans are worried about the effects of climate change, so politically this isn’t a position that will gain Republican candidates traction outside a GOP primary. We’re no fans of the state of Colorado roads but we have no idea how you charge an electric vehicle while “sitting in traffic,” so we can’t award George Brauchler any points for accuracy there. As for a “rogue mandate” as Victor Mitchell refers to Hickenlooper’s order, we assume that refers to the states in the Climate Alliance “going rogue” against Trump.
The problem is, in abandoning the Paris Accords, Trump “went rogue” against the entire world.
We know which side we’d want to be on in any election.