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Blog: An "All of the Above" Energy Strategy

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In President Obama's State of the Union address, he called for an "all of the above" energy strategy that takes advantage of our nation's abundant natural resources, specifically highlighting natural gas. I'm pleased the President has seen the great potential that natural gas holds for America's economy, national security and our energy future. I have long been a strong proponent of a comprehensive, or "all of the above," energy policy that responsibly develops oil and natural gas in addition to renewable energy sources that will fuel our nation in the decades to come.

As we know in Colorado, responsible natural gas development can be an economic boon that also reduces harmful air pollution because natural gas burns cleaner than other fossil fuels. Many power plants in Colorado have already transitioned to using natural gas, and Colorado has led the nation in regulating the extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing. The new rules worked out by all stakeholders that require the disclosure of chemicals used in the process is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to working with stakeholders to help ensure responsible development.

Safely expanding natural gas development will not only help to power our homes and businesses, but -- as the President highlighted in his State of Union address -- it can also be used to power our transportation sector. There is great potential for natural gas to fuel our nation's trucking industry, which would widen the market for our abundant supply of natural gas, while creating jobs retrofitting fleets of trucks and fueling stations. Making this transition will have the added benefit of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving our national security.

I am pleased that Colorado is helping to lead the way here as well. Last year, Governor Hickenlooper committed the state of Colorado, in coordination with 8 other states, to increasing the number of natural gas vehicles in its fleet. While natural gas fueling stations are not as prevalent as gasoline or diesel, Colorado is making progress and the number of stations continues to grow across the state.

America's economy is slowly rebounding from the worst recession since the Great Depression, but energy production has and will continue to be a bright spot, with natural gas production -- and Colorado -- playing an important role.


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