Renewable Energy Initiative launched

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“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Bertha Calloway

Here in Colorado we can’t control the weather, but we do have the power to harness whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

We have come together to co-chair the Renewable Energy Initiative campaign because it is such a common sense idea. The initiative will increase our use of clean energy like wind and solar power to 10 percent by 2015.

The Renewable Energy Initiative is a good idea for Colorado and our future. Increasing our use of renewable energy will put Colorado on a clean energy path and protect consumers from spiking natural gas prices. Wind is currently the cheapest form of new electricity and the price of solar power continues to fall. In fact, the wind farm that just opened outside Lamar, Colorado will save consumers $4.5 million per year. Now that’s common sense.

Ranchers and farmers are ready to harvest a bumper crop of renewable energy that can bring important economic development to rural Colorado. This will help secure the future of Colorado’s farmers and ranchers by producing much needed income. In addition to the enormous economic potential of the initiative, increasing our use of renewable energy will be better for our environment.

It is also a critical time to think about our energy security. We need to prepare for the future by reducing our dependence on unstable foreign energy sources. The Renewable Energy Initiative is an important first step toward a secure, stable energy future.

The winds of change are blowing in Colorado and we hope you will join us in supporting this common sense effort to meet our energy needs. You can volunteer or contribute by contacting Coloradans for Clean Energy at (303) 573-3871, ext. 308.

Speaker of the House Lola Spradley

Republican from Beulah, Colorado

Congressman Mark Udall

Democrat from Eldorado Springs, Colorado