Our View: Why Craig, Colorado Matters

June 1, 2012


ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: Saying that the White House supports an “all of the above” energy plan that includes oil, gas and coal doesn’t make it so

Now that the dust has settled from (now official) GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s visit to Craig, Colorado earlier this week, we wanted to share a few thoughts about why the visit matters.

Contrary to the scoffs heard ‘round 17th Street when the news broke that Romney was touching down somewhere other than the center of the universe (Denver), it is nice to see that at least one presidential campaign grasps that all things Colorado do not revolve around its capitol city.

True enough, young Barack Obama received his coronation in Denver in 2008, but given the status Colorado carries as a pivotal swing state in the upcoming election, we find it a bit odd that every visit he’s made this campaign cycle has been limited to the Denver metro area.

The Romney campaign deserves credit for showing up in unexpected places like Fort Lupton and Craig to highlight issues of national importance while making the Colorado connection.  Sure, it would be easiest to drop in to the Denver metro area to have a press conference and schedule a fundraiser while you’re there (you know…the Obama template)  but Romney’s different approach is refreshing in that it is including otherwise disengaged voters in rural areas of the state in this critical election process.

Beyond the value of including rural voters, the Romney camp was wise to focus in on northwest Colorado to highlight just how bad the Obama Administration has been with respect to access to natural resources on federal lands.

Whether Obama surrogate (and disgraced former Mayor of Grand Junction) Jim Spehar wants to admit it or not, the Obama Administration has systematically blocked responsible energy development in areas like the Vermillion Basin and the Roan Plateau – both in northwest Colorado.   Merely saying that the President is focused on an “all of the above” energy plan that includes gas and coal doesn’t make it so.  In Colorado, actions tend to speak louder than words.

If the Obama campaign is serious about their contention that their administration has been good for the coal industry, they would be well served to schedule a similar trip, to a similar town, that’s reliant upon coal to defend their actions on public lands management.

Until such a visit occurs, the Obama record will stand for itself in rural Colorado.

Comments made by visitors are not representative of The Colorado Observer staff.

4 Responses to Our View: Why Craig, Colorado Matters

  1. zippy
    June 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Actually, the Obama administration is the defendant in the Roan Plateau lawsuit. Ken is being sued by wildlife, hunting, and conservation groups. Get it–the Obama administration supports the Bush BLM leasing of the Roan. Just pointing out, again, that you are factually incorrect. That you are wrong. It is apparent, that if up were up, but your oily masters bid you to–you would call it down. Many of us would be embarrassed to have such as our ‘professional’ product. So, good for you: standing out as the nadir among humanity. Well done.

    • Maverick
      July 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Go ahead and drink the Liberal Kool-Aid.

  2. June 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    H.B. 10-1365 was the catalyst for me to change course from control room operator to county commissioner candidate. I’ve worked at Craig Station for 33 years and I can tell you that our skies in Moffat County are deep blue.
    My son, Caleb, is a coal miner at Twenty Mile coal mine. I’m running for my son and all of the other “Calebs” in Moffat County.

  3. Gladys Woynowskie
    June 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Glad you covered this visit. The progressives declare an “all of the above” energy policy. However, they do not mean all without exception, they mean all with distinction. The distinction being they support the energy that promotes their agenda. Colorado deserves recognition for years of cooperation among different groups in utilizing its resources while protecting the environment. We need our citizens to remain involved, speaking reasonably on energy issue.


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