Use all energy sources, Ryan tells Colo. crowd
LAKEWOOD — Colorado Republicans got their first look at their party’s likely vice presidential candidate Tuesday.
That man, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, played to that Colorado crowd, calling for an allof- the-above push on energy development and a promise that states, and not the federal government, would set their own rules on issues such as hydraulic fracturing.
Ryan’s appearance in Colorado was the second stop of his first solo campaigning since presumed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney named him Saturday as his running mate.
“We have our own oil and gas, we have nuclear, we have all of the above: wind, solar, coal. Let’s use it,” Ryan told about 2,000 cheering supporters at Lakewood High School. “We have the technology here, the wherewithal here, the oil and gas here. We should be tapping our resources, which we know we can in an environmentally sensitive way. We want to get the government out of the way.” Ryan also extended that theme to fracking, a controversial process of pumping fluids into the ground to loosen natural gas deposits.
He said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shouldn’t be in the business of regulating fracking, and its regulations on other energy development should be curtailed.
He said President Barack Obama and his administration have been trying to delay or slow certain types of energy production.
“President Obama has done all that he can to make it harder for us to use our own energy,” Ryan said. “His cap-and-trade agenda is designed to make energy more expensive. His EPA has given us an unprecedented barrage of burdensome regulations. He has 10 different agencies in four executive offices regulating hydraulic fracturing. We think Colorado knows how to take care of this themselves.”
Democrats immediately jumped on Ryan and Romney on their energy policies, saying the two would allow a federal tax credit on wind energy to expire, jeopardizing 5,000 Colorado jobs as a result.
At a Tuesday news conference, Anna Giovinetto, vice president of corporate affairs of RES America, a Broomfield- based renewable energy company, said Romney’s plan not to renew that credit has already resulted in job losses in the state.
She said that happened on Monday when Vestas, a Danish based windmill manufacturer, laid off 90 workers at its Pueblo plant. Company officials cited an expectation that not renewing the tax credit would further restrict an already tight wind energy market.
“For thousands of Coloradans, myself included, the wind energy (credit) means jobs, it means food on the table and it means boosting the local economy,” Giovinetto said. “The (credit) works. It’s made wind energy one of the fastest growing sources of clean, new electrical generation.”
Ryan also talked about the economy and the need to help businesses create more jobs.
Like Romney in recent weeks, he also said Obama hasn’t lived up to promises to lower unemployment and help the nation recover from the recession.