Sen. Vicki Marble: Craig, Colorado Has Been “Destroyed”

As recorded today from the well of the Colorado Senate, here's the always-entertaining Republican Sen. Vicki Marble, stating her reasons for supporting Senate Bill 15-044–a measure to roll back the state's renewable energy standard. SB15-044 passed the GOP-controlled Colorado Senate on a party-line vote today but is expected to swiftly die in the Democratic-controlled House.

Sen. Marble of "ChickenGate" infamy demonstrates once again why it's better if she doesn't, you know, talk.

MARBLE: It wasn't a free market system, um, that said that we were ready for it, and people weren't clamoring for it. It was the government that made a moral decision that wind was cleaner than coal, and destroyed Craig Colorado, and decided to build a whole new community rallying around the fake maypole called a wind turbine.

I would say vote no on Amendment 1…

Now first of all, as Mitt Romney discovered when he visited back in 2012, the coalmining city of Craig in northwest Colorado has not been "destroyed." Coal mines in Colorado continue to produce coal for local electricity production and for export. Colorado coal is cleaner than what's found in many other parts of the world, making it a good choice for incrementally reducing pollution even as Colorado is switching over to natural gas production along the Front Range. This means that there will remain demand for Colorado coal into the foreseeable future.

Marble can say what she likes about the "moral decision" the government has made "that wind is cleaner than coal"–you might find that decision more scientific than moral–but it's a simple fact that Craig hasn't been "destroyed," nor anywhere else in Colorado, by the state's renewable energy standard. This statement is so far over the top it's just laughable–much like FOX News' "no go zone" nonsense, it's only plausible if you've never actually been there.

As for that weird bit about dancing around "the fake maypole called a wind turbine?" There's another example of why so many at the Capitol think Sen. Marble is a few bricks short of a proverbial load.


13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    Didn't we see Cory Gardner rallying around a fake maypole called a wind turbine last fall?

  2. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    Regardless of the state of Craig in particular, in general, coal, gold, silver, oil, gas etc. "destroy" towns all the time. It's called the boom and bust cycle, an inevitable part of fossil extraction. It's profit driven. Some towns are sufficiently diversified to get through it and come back. Some don't. Has always been that way. She's lived here all her life and never noticed?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I've been to Craig more times than I care to remember over the past twenty-five years.  Apparently Marble hasn't, because even in it's heyday, at it's very best, it was an sorry armpit.  The humane thing would have been to legislate the leveling of the miserable place back in the '90s, and return it to the deer, antelope and prairie dogs.  We do blighted area destruction as "urban renewal" all the time, why not ever rural renewal?

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      …and while her mythical destruction of Craig is underway, Logan County, the HOME of Sonnenberg has a billion dollars in new wind farms on the Peetz Table – just how much of that tax base, the new jobs and all of the exciting things at the Junior College in Sterling would he like to give back?  Ditto for Kit Carson County, whose largest single taxpayer to that agricultural county before the Carousel Wind Farm was the freaking PRISON.  Prowers County; Lincoln County.  Just where in the sam hell do these people come up with this crap?  And with the exception of the small percentage of the total being attributable to our rural electric load, the vast majority of these were placed in this counties with narely a finger having to be lifted by locals -except for the county commissioners to sign their permits.  It is the Front Range (read: urban customers) who are paying for all of this rural renewal through their monthly electricity bills; NONE of it would have happened without our renewable standard.

      The only real war on rural Colorado is the one that is self-inflicted.


  3. The realistThe realist says:

    She has only one Marble left – her name.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    "It was the Government that made a moral decision that wind was cleaner than coal. . . "  

    "Maypole"??? . . . a little early — apparently couldn't somehow figure out how to work in those poor Colorado groundhogs that have been completely devastated –losing their generational familial burrows to clean energy?  My guess it that they probably haven't seen a single groundhog walk into a bar in downtown Craig since you libs started digging up Main Street to mine for your precious wind energy?  

    Holy WTF, Batman???   Colorado Republican Senate leadership at its zenith . . . 

    Hey Moddy, who's the bigger idiot: Marble, or Klingenschmitt, or you??? 

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Where is Andrew Carnegie to defend the loose marble?

  6. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    I've spent a good amount of time in Craig and Moffat County during the past 15 years. It's no longer a 2-3 employer town; meaning the coal mines and the power plant. Craig is a bedroom community for the Steamboat ski area; many people who can't afford Steamboat housing prices live in Craig. Routt and Moffat Counties provide daily bus service between the two towns. Senator Marble needs to do some basic homework.   Regards,  C.H.B.

  7. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    It sounds like Sen. Marble has lost what was left of hers.

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