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February 28, 2007 10:00 PM UTC

Mr. Harvey Goes to Washington

  • by: Colorado Pols

Republican state Sen. Ted Harvey will testify tomorrow before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington D.C. on the topic of global warming.

Harvey, who is a potential candidate in CD-6, was apparently selected to testify because of his experience on agriculture and resources committees.

Click below for the full press release…

State Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, is scheduled to testify this week before the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee on the topic of global warming.

The senator’s address is slated for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Harvey is to speak on his thoughts regarding state, local and regional government approaches that address global warming.

“Colorado is on the cutting edge of renewable energy technology, and whether it is solar, wind or ethanol, Colorado is leading the way,” said Sen. Harvey. “A prime example of our Western ingenuity can be witnessed in how we are dealing with the effect of pine beetles in our state’s forests.

“We are using this problem as an opportunity to reinvigorate a once dying lumber industry by using these dead stands as biomass for biofuel, another renewable energy source.”

Sen. Harvey continued, “We are achieving these advances through competition, scientifically sound regulation and government policy while encouraging ingenuity and responsibility. To impede innovation and dictate policy through draconian regulations as seen in the Kyoto Treaty would only harm our economy and endanger our nation’s competitiveness and security.”

The senator holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in environmental law and policy.


8 thoughts on “Mr. Harvey Goes to Washington

    1. Take a look toward the end of the press release, where Harvey shows his true colors.  He’s testifying against Kyoto, not for the environment.  Typical industry/polluter shill – try to sound environmental while advocating against the changes needed to protect the environment.

      1. I am against Kyoto, but I am very much an environmentalists. I am also a scientist so I accept a global warming and believe that we do need to do something. But Kyoto is a disaster. Right now, it is nothing more than positioning by countries to say that they are doing something about it, but doing nothing to making it worse (think of republicans with our federal deficit). The idea is sound. It was developed during poppa Bush’s presidency WRT pollution and it makes great sense. But Kyoto is a political cluster^&*(. Personally, I am happy that W. did not sign it, but he should have started us down the path of moving OFF of oil/coal and instead has made us more dependent. All in all, we are not worse off then we were 6 years ago.

  1. “Scientifically sound regulation” = NO regulation.

    “Government policy” = NO policy, not of any substance anyway.

    “Encouraging ingenuity and responsibility” = more tax breaks for billionaires.

    “Draconian regulations” = any regulations that remotely threaten the freedom of action of Big Business

  2. Wasn’t there a better example of how Colorado is leading the way in renewable energy technology? 

    There isn’t any new technology in the pine beetle solution – cut dead trees, chop ’em up, use the woody biomass for heating instead of natural gas. 

    Can you say wood stove?

    If he is speaking to legislative options on the table, I’m not sure he’s on the mark there either.  One bill proposes using severance tax dollars (of which there are none) to help communities deal with the problem, and the other allows people in affected communities to tax themselves to help deal with the situation.  Another ‘bill’ is actually a joint resolution encouraging the feds to do something.

    Wouldn’t exactly say that CO’s response to the pine beetle infestation is an example of Western ingenuity.

    Sorry, just think he could have found a better example – but than again, he is from Highlands Ranch.

  3. Harvey is one the largest point sources of hot air in Colorado, so he is certainly well qualified to speak about global warming.

    BTW, I’m not a Dixie Chick, but I am from Highlands Ranch and I am embarrassed that Harvey is my state senator.

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