For the last six years, Colorado has been a leader in the development of renewable energy technology. Critical to the success of Colorado's new energy economy, which has created many thousands of new jobs in our state, was Gov. Bill Ritter's focus on these emerging technologies through the Governor's Energy Office. Today, the success of Gov. Ritter's vision can be seen at busy wind power equipment factories along the Front Range.
But today, there's a last-minute bill up for debate in the Colorado House that would fundamentally change the way this office operates. House Bill 1312 would dilute the resources of the Governor's Energy Office, promoting coal, nuclear, and oil and gas along with renewable energy! Mature, well-subsidized industries would get access to the only dedicated fund for clean energy development in Colorado.
There's still time to get the word out about this bad legislation, which would signal Colorado's retreat from leadership on clean energy development. Please take a moment right now to contact your legislators instantly, and urge them to REJECT House Bill 1312.
Since 2007, initiatives funded by the Clean Energy Fund have created new jobs and investment opportunities statewide. Vestas brought $65 million into the local economy with their wind power factories, and SMA Solar is opening a new manufacturing plant. These are real, sustainable, good-paying jobs being created in Colorado, and it's because our state has worked hard to establish our brand as a leader in renewable energy.
Thanks. Renewable energy leadership is just one of many reasons why Colorado is special, but it's a very important one. Let's not give that away.