At CO-Gov. Debate, Polis Called Out for ‘Empty Promise’ on 100% Renewable Energy At CO-Gov. Debate, Polis Called Out for ‘Empty Promise’ on 100% Renewable Energy – NTK Network

At CO-Gov. Debate, Polis Called Out for ‘Empty Promise’ on 100% Renewable Energy

One of the debate's moderators pressed Polis, the Democratic nominee, on whether his goal for 100-percent renewable energy by 2040 – 13 years after a Gov. Polis would be term-limited – is just a "flashy-sounding empty promise."

By NTK Staff | 10.19.2018 @8:00am
At CO-Gov. Debate, Polis Called Out for ‘Empty Promise’ on 100% Renewable Energy

In this week’s Colorado gubernatorial debate, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the Democratic nominee, was pressed by a moderator on whether his goal for 100-percent renewable energy in Colorado by 2040 is just a “flashy-sounding empty promise.”

At around the 31-minute mark in the debate, a moderator asked Polis: “Mr. Polis, you’re calling for 100-percent renewable energy by 2040. But you’re not requiring 100-percent renewable energy by 2040. So if you’re not requiring it, and the longest you can be governor is through 2027, how is that nothing more than a flashy-sounding empty promise?”

“You call it flashy-sounding, I call it inspirational,” Polis said, in an answer that betrayed the fact that Polis is trying to have his cake and eat it too when it comes to the energy debate in Colorado.

See, Polis has plastered “100% renewable energy by 2040” all over his campaign platforms. It’s on his website:

It’s also featured on his energy page, and in Polis’s campaign video on “Energy Independence.”

But Polis doesn’t appear to have a step-by-step plan to reach the 100-percent mark. He admitted himself in the debate it’s more “inspirational” than anything.

Polis may not have a plan because he may be aware that the national “100 percent renewable energy” plan supported by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comes with major costs. According to one analysis, the Sanders-supported plan would cost America $15 trillion over less than 35 years and eliminate nearly four million American jobs.

It’s easy for a candidate to say he’s for 100-percent renewable energy. It’s a nice thought, potentially – clean and affordable energy for Americans that helps lower carbon emissions. But without a plan to back it up, Polis may, indeed, just be trying to campaign on a “flashy-sounding empty promise.”

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