(CENTENNIAL) – U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton today became the first Colorado candidate to sign the Colorado Energy Forum’s Energy Leadership Pledge, thereby vowing to fight for the thousands of men and women who count on Colorado energy development for family-sustaining jobs.
“President Obama, Secretary Ken Salazar, and Senator Michael Bennet have pursued and supported a Federal energy policy whereby government bureaucrats pick winners and losers, and Colorado has suffered as a result,” commented Norton. “This week’s news that Grand Junction experienced the largest percentage drop in jobs of any metro area in the nation is an example of how Washington’s overregulation of oil and gas development has cost Coloradans jobs.”
The jobs data, which was released this week by the United States Department of Labor, showed Grand Junction losing 7.7 percent of its employment over the last year. The Greeley area, which also relies heavily on natural gas production, lost nearly six percent of its jobs, far worse than urban areas such as Denver and Colorado Springs.
“Washington has tried to spend their way out of this recession, and it has failed miserably,” continued Norton. “It’s time that our leaders embraced an all-of-the-above domestic energy strategy as a great way to create jobs and move our nation toward energy independence. That’s what I’ll do if elected to serve, and that’s why I was proud to be the first Colorado candidate to sign the Energy Leadership Pledge.”
The pledge commits Norton to supporting the exploration and development of domestic energy resources, and opposing policies, rules, taxes, and legislation that would hamper Colorado’s economically-essential energy industry.
--Submitted to The Watch by Jane Norton for Colorado