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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonNovember 19, 20186min2080

CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development) demonstrated that you could drive support for a ballot initiative from 70 percent to less than 40 percent on Election Day with a mere $35 or $40 million dollars. If you add in two or three years of positioning ads, featuring geologist Moms (“I would never put my kids at risk”) together with ranch families (“Our fracking royalties will allow us to pass along our family lands to our kids”), which preceded the 2,500-foot oil and gas drilling setback proposal better know as question 112, that expenditure climbs to $50 or $60 million dollars. Needless to say, Colorado’s oil and gas industry didn’t open its wallet so generously solely because of an abiding commitment to good government.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxOctober 29, 201817min1755

Reality is catching up with the “ban fracking” and “keep it in the ground” groups behind Proposition 112. It started early last week, when the famously progressive New York Times applied some scrutiny to Prop 112. The Times correctly labeled 112 as an “anti-fracking” measure and an “extreme” one at that. But more importantly, the Times story gave working families in the energy sector a chance to defend their jobs and reputations from the fiercely negative and personal attacks of the Prop 112 campaign.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxFebruary 9, 20188min6147

How often do you think the New York Times and a Colorado Springs conservative ever agree, about anything? That’s the question I was asking myself after reading recent news coverage in the Times about the geopolitical importance of U.S. oil and natural gas production. The Jan. 28 story explained how much diplomatic and economic leverage we now have over countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have historically used their energy supplies to intimidate other nations and get their own way.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 1, 20183min679

Colorado’s Senate State Affairs Committee rightly rejected Senate Bill 48, which would have allowed local elected officials to ban energy development and prevent minerals owners from accessing their private property. Senator Matt Jones, who is also running for Boulder County Commissioner this year, tried to say this was simply about giving local elected officials zoning authority like they would any other issue.