While Clean Energy Economy Booms in Colorado, Romney's Stuck on Coal
On the campaign trail, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been relentlessly peddling coal as the fuel source of the future. This morning he took that same message to a mining town in Western Colorado, arguing that new safeguards that protect American families from life-threatening coal pollution are hurting Colorado's economy.
Never mind that the local mayor and the chair of the state Republican Party say Romney's wrong – he's also ignoring the real growth industry that has been spurring the creation of tens of thousands of Colorado jobs, making sure the state gets the energy it needs, and keeping American families healthy.
Take a look at what Romney said about President Obama's commitment to clean energy jobs:
Have you seen those around here anywhere? No, as a matter of fact he's gone after energy.
As a matter of fact, the clean energy economy is growing across Colorado:
- Colorado actually ranks fourth in the nation in clean energy jobs, employing more than 72,000 in the state.
- Colorado’s clean energy economy grew at a rate of 18% - more than double the rate of the rest of the country.
- More than Half a Billion Dollars Has Been Invested in Colorado Clean Energy
The citizens of Colorado get it – 64% of them say clean energy means new American jobs. Even in Romney's home state of Massachusetts, clean energy is creating tens of thousands of new jobs at thousands of small businesses. The clean energy economy is already creating new American jobs while keeping our families healthy, but Romney is going to bat for the fuel of the 19th century that makes our kids sick.
-- Trey Pollard, Sierra Club
The Sierra Club Voter Education Fund seeks to educate voters about the records of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates by highlighting their extreme positions on public health and other issues of critical importance to the American people and encourage the public to find out more about the candidates and their positions on these issues.