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Does Hickenlooper love the polar bears? Or not?

Posted by Kelly Maher on July 12th, 2010
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Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s views on the environment are a big question mark.

If elected governor of Colorado (which is not my preference), the policy positions flowing from his malleable views JUST on climate change could permeate his appointments to cabinet, regulatory and advisory positions; state policy-making on energy, including natural gas, oil and coal extraction; the regulation of utilities, including our monthly bills; and transportation and mass transit. That’s a partial list.

The difference between climate change as proven or not, as meriting action or not - in Hickenlooper’s view - is an important distinction. Critics object to the gotcha editing of a video making the rounds.

My view is to dive into the public record to raise your own questions….

HICKENLOOPER in May 2009: “I’m saying that clearly the climate is changing, clearly mankind’s activities are causing it. And that we’d be insane not to be spending tens…tens and tens of billions of dollars every year buying insurance to begin to prevent and stop that change that’s happening.” Source: WhoSaidYouSaid, via Colorado Environmental Coalition gala video.

HICKENLOOPER in December 2009: “We know that climate change is occurring, right? Everyone knows that. We know it’s dramatic. We know that mankind is the likely…the vast majority of it is a result of our actions. So we need to address it and move quickly.” Source: WhoSaidYouSaid, via Democracy Now! video.

HICKENLOOPER in March 2010: “I get in trouble every time I say this, but I’m not 100 percent absolutely sure that climate change is occurring at the rate that some people fear it is and is going to be as catastrophic.” Hickenlooper said. Source: Durango Herald report from the Colorado Rural Electric Association annual meeting.

Are those distinctions without a difference? More to the story? Has Hickenlooper’s position evolved in the past 14 months? Fine, explain what’s changed. We’ll be here.

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    Kelly, a co-founder of WhoSaidYouSaid, brings more than 10 years of campaign and policy work experience. In addition to her skills in grassroots activism and organization, Kelly has a knack for distilling complex issues into accessible messages that resonate with voters. Her policy specialties include health care, education, employment and tort reform. Follow Kelly on Twitter at @okmaher.

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