The top-10 issues facing Colorado lawmakers in the 2017 session

– The Denver Post:…-2017

“The perennial debate between environmental advocates and the state’s powerful oil and gas industry will get a major platform in the 2017 session — particularly in the Senate.

Republicans elevated the issue with the creation of a Select Committee on Energy and the Environment, headed by state Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. And Democrats are countering with the formation of a new leadership position — deputy minority leader for conservation, clean energy and climate change, filled by state Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville.

Scott wants to pursue an”all-of-the-above” energy approach, that includes renewables, but also bolsters drilling and mining for fossil fuels. Jones, meanwhile, has already signaled he will push for the state to continue to reduce its reliance on those same fossil fuels. Neither lawmaker would identify specific proposals.”

By Ray Scott

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