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Independence Institute to Polis, Johnston: Thank President Trump

Author: Joey Bunch - December 30, 2017 - Updated: December 29, 2017

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Independence Institute(Screen grab via the Independence Institute)

The Independence Institute’s Amy Oliver Cooke has a hot take on President Trump, the Colorado governor’s race and credit where credit is due, Democrats. She’s talking to you, green giants Jared Polis and Mike Johnston.

Cooke is the executive vice president and director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, the Denver-based libertarian-minded think tank run by Jon Caldara. She’s an expert of how this state works, especially on energy policy.

She writes this week in the Independence Institute’s The Complete Colorado about Trump’s Dec. 20 executive order that instructed federal agencies come up with a planto break the nation’s reliance on foreign sources of critical minerals that enable modern high-tech devices, as well as critical systems for weapons and innovation.

That’s the same technology and innovate Polis and Johnston would need to keep their campaign pledge to move Colorado’s energy supply to 100 percent renewable sources by 2040.

“Coloradans, especially Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Mike Johnston, should thank the President for his forward thinking,” Cooke writes. “Both Polis and Johnston have pledged electricity from 100 percent renewable sources by 2040. Without a reliable domestic supply of these critical elements, Russia and China would have the ability to hold the Colorado economy hostage.

“The 100 by 2040 plan already has a very high $45 billion price tag. Allowing other nations to have control via critical minerals could be economically disastrous.”

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is charged with producing a list mapping deposits of those minerals within the next six month, then come up with a strategy to “expand private-sector exploration and production,” Cooke reports.

“Further, the USGS report identified Colorado deposits of some of these critical elements,” she notes. “Encouraging private sector development of these deposits will create jobs and expand Colorado’s economy.”

Where those minerals are located and where those miners come from to extract it are yet to be determined. Colorado’s mining industry has been in a deep decline, as power plants shift from coal to natural gas and global market forces are visited upon small towns.

Read Cooke’s whole story by clicking here.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.