April 15

Now Colorado Pushing To Ban Oil And Gas Permitting By 2030; Wyoming Lawmakers Call It Ignorant – I agree


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ENB Pub Note:      This is a perfect example of people fleeing California due to the high energy cost and then bringing their failed energy policies and voting practices with them to destroy states. Rather than work with people, they are like locusts destroying everything in their path. When you move to Texas, please leave your voting policies behind. Texas is already seeing this play out in Austin.  First appeared on Cowboy State Daily – Please follow, read and support.  

Healthy & Safe Colorado — a coalition of dozens of anti-fossil fuel organizations, elected officials and business — has launched a ballot initiative to eliminate all new permitting of oil and gas drilling in the state by 2030.

If its promoters collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot and it passes, it would effectively end Colorado’s oil and gas industry.

Open For Business

Colorado has a number of fronts in a battle to end fossil fuel use, including local ordinances and lawsuits against oil companies.

State Rep. Cyrus Western, R-Big Horn, told Cowboy State Daily these efforts by Wyoming’s southern neighbor represent an opportunity for the Cowboy State.

“It sends a message to the oil and gas companies that here in Wyoming, we’re open for business,” Western Said. “As long as they play by the rules, you’re more than welcome to come and drill here.”

While this could mean companies migrating to a state that doesn’t seek to destroy them, Western said it still representative of national momentum that’s been building against fossil fuels without considering the benefits of fossil fuels.

“Despite the fact we don’t have the resources or the technology to do this so-called ‘energy transition,’ we’re going ahead anyway,” Western said.

Hurting The Poor

While wind and solar energy are often reported as cheaper than fossil fuels, those figures are based on levelized cost of energy, which doesn’t factor in the cost to the grid to provide reliability with intermittency of the sources.

Wind and solar require extensive overbuilding of the grid with transmission lines, wind farms and solar farms.

According to the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics in Germany, which is considered a global leader in the energy transition, will have spent around $567 billion on its plan to phase out fossil fuels by 2025. Last year, it got about 46% of its energy from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric.

Since 2001, according to the Global Carbon Project, Germany has decreased its carbon dioxide emissions by about 28%, the same as the United States. According to the International Energy Agency, Germans pay some of the highest electricity rates in the world.

Western said that the energy transition will hit the lower income class the hardest, as they will have the hardest time paying the increase in energy costs.

“It’s really unfortunate to see the state of Colorado hurt themselves in such significant ways,” Western said.

Cowboy State Daily reached out to Safe & Healthy Colorado to ask if it has considered the negative impacts of a ban on oil and gas, and didn’t receive a response.

Just Wrong

Chris Wright, CEO of Denver-based Liberty Energy, told Cowboy State Daily that if the initiative were to become law, it wouldn’t end demand for oil and gas. Instead, the energy America needs will be imported from countries with far less stringent environmental and labor protections than in the U.S.

That also means more carbon dioxide emissions as a result of transporting oil and gas longer distances.

“It’s hurting people. It’s hurting the planet. They’re just wrong,” Wright said about those pushing for the ban.

Wright said he’s a believer in developing other energy technologies, but there’s nothing now that can replace oil and gas as a primary energy source. Primary energy includes not just electricity, but also industry and transportation.

He said the petition is just completely unrealistic.

For example, a press release by 350 Colorado announcing the ballot initiative cites impacts of climate change to agriculture and the skiing industry as reasons the initiative is necessary. The statement doesn’t explain how farm equipment will run without diesel or what will replace modern fertilizers, which are derived from natural gas.

Wright said, despite the organizations’ claims that winter sports are impacted by climate change, SNOTEL reports since 1936 show no downward trend in Colorado’s snowpack. This year the state has above-average snowpack.

“They don’t understand energy. They don’t understand climate change, and they don’t understand those links energy has to human wellbeing,” Wright said.

Careful What You Wish For

Rep. Scott Heiner, R-Green River, said the level of ignorance about the value of oil and gas should be concerning.

“Without fossil fuel resources, our economy will go back to the economy we had before the Industrial Revolution,” Heiner said.

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