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By now,
it's clear that those of us in the Environmental community who held our breath and our vapors over the idea of a President Romney, now are not willing to compromise in the face of Environmental disaster and Environmental Genocide
So much so, that our leaders like Bill McKibben are willing to be arrested over our 'democratic' cave to the Oil and Gas industry.

Well, the voices of those individuals who live in Fracking areas of Colorado, and with the promotion by Josh Fox, got the word out, and now the heat is on Governor Hickenlooper, who is looking at a re-election bid in 2014 in a state that is becoming very progressive, environmental and future focused.
Don't be surprised if Governor 'Frackenlooper' gets a primary or has to announce his end of office from this....

by the way, this video was from 2009. How could any sane person think this practice was safe?

more from Frackenlooper...

I recopied Josh Fox's post from the Wasthington Times on Governor Hickenlooper's testimony before the Senate on my Facebook page.
I got a surprising response:
within the same day Governor Frackenlooper had sent out a mass email on this issue:

Despite what you might have heard, I much prefer drinking beer to frack fluid.

For the uninitiated, "frack fluid" is the liquid product oil and gas developers use in deep underground drilling operations. It is mostly water, but includes other ingredients and chemicals that are designed to open up oil and gas deposits and be recovered in the drilling process.

Knowing what's in the fluid and making sure the ingredients are known to the public is what prompted us to pass the most rigorous and transparent frack fluid disclosure rule in the country about a year ago. We negotiated that rule with industry and the environmental community (including the Environmental Defense Fund).

Our goal has been to encourage industry to use ingredients that are safe for the environment. So when an industry executive came to my office over a year ago touting the safety of their product - a new form of frack fluid based on food additives - we put him to the test by asking whether it was safe to drink. He said yes. So I challenged him to take a sip. He did, and so did I.

I can't say it tasted good, but it was, as advertised, a completely safe product for human consumption. (This is not to imply that anyone would drink the frack fluid being used today).

As we move forward in developing energy, we ought to insist on the strictest and most effective environmental safeguards.

Although tasting frack fluid might seem newsworthy to some, it was not really the point of testimony we recently gave to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. We were drawing attention to the fact that Colorado has created the most comprehensive and stringent set of regulations around oil and gas production in the country.

If you are interested in what went on there, please take a moment to click on this link (and go to 48:45) and let me know what you think.

This is the sign of a Governor and his staff and re-election campaign in full 'OH SHIT' mode.
Yes, it's true the Governor has a bar that is popular in downtown Denver, (the Beer reference) but it is also true that he has touted his geology days with the Oil and Gas industry prior to that. At first that seemed to be a plus for a Democrat running in a purple state. Now, it seems that Governor Hickenlooper was merely playing his role as a plant for the Oil and Gas industry and is merely an elected puppet to do their bidding.
God have mercy on you for what you are proposing to have happen on the people of Colorado, and now, all over this great Country...

Originally posted to wade norris on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:51 PM PST.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" Henry David Thoreau

    by wade norris on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:51:27 PM PST

  •  Ok, am up way too late.. (5+ / 0-)

    ...but just in time to catch this. Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys.

    Off to bed now. :-)

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:22:22 PM PST

  •  It's the general public that must renounce frackin (7+ / 0-)

    We have not done the work to organize and mobilize against dirty energy. The other side talks jobs and energy independence and we are left wondering why the rest of the public doesn't demand change like we do.

    I'll leave it to Coloradans to decide if a primary is in order. I just hope if there is a primary, it doesn't lead to a Republican assuming the office.

    I think activist on the Left have to learn to deliver votes and not just take them away. The fate of the planet demands that we find a way to bring the masses along with us. We must build trust that what we are proposing will not cost millions of jobs and/or unnecessarily restrict quality of life (while recognizing doing nothing will end life as we know it).  

    Right now, people only seem to respond to the idea that there are vast(so says the industry) sources of energy right here in the country ripe for development. It is also a source of money for politicians. We need to have a cohesive strategy for fully addressing the energy needs for people and industry.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:35:15 PM PST

  •  Wow. The right wing (including Hickenlooper) (0+ / 0-)

    have forgotten everything they know about propaganda.

    "I'm not pro-fracking! Really!" is just as bad as "I'm not a liberal! Really!" (h/t Michael Dukakis 1988). And it's just as bad as "Republicans don't want to just protect the rich! Really!" (h/t Marco Rubio 2013).

    Thanks for passing this on. As one who studies propaganda I find this reassuring.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:19:18 AM PST

  •  Hickenlooper; Salazar (Ken) (0+ / 0-)

    I've never been a fan of either Hickenlooper or Ken Salazar, but these Oil and Gas men have been  'assisted' by what I consider a less-than-informed public.

    In the 2012 campaigns, the San Luis Valley often heard about 'developing our own energy sources', and the jobs these 'sources' would create, but nothing - I repeat, nothing - about the environmental price we would pay.

    (Rio Grande Country/Del Norte has a gas well being proposed for San Francisco Creek.  Unfortunately, although said well is in the County, it's on Bureau of Land Managment acreage, and the best we RGC'ers can do is make our voices heard.)

    The 'Colorado COmmunity' group here at DKos is meeting in Denver next Sunday, the 24th (see link...above? :-) ) at Ernie's Restaurant.  This would be a great topic to include in our discussion.

    'politicalmetrics' is right - Hickenlooper is a popular governor, and just for that reason, let's aim for the bigger target and if we 'enlighten' a few politicians lower down, so much the better.

    "We don't have village idiots any more; we have Republicans." - Positronicus

    by Maverick80229 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:29:35 AM PST

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