Op-Ed Blasts Hickenlooper ‘Hypocrisy,’ ‘Bait-and-Switch’ on Fuel Standards Op-Ed Blasts Hickenlooper ‘Hypocrisy,’ ‘Bait-and-Switch’ on Fuel Standards – NTK Network

Op-Ed Blasts Hickenlooper ‘Hypocrisy,’ ‘Bait-and-Switch’ on Fuel Standards

State Sen. John Cooke (R-Greeley) thinks Hickenlooper is pulling a fast one on Coloradans in his final months in office.

By NTK Staff | 08.30.2018 @12:30pm
Op-Ed Blasts Hickenlooper ‘Hypocrisy,’ ‘Bait-and-Switch’ on Fuel Standards

State Sen. John Cooke (R-Greeley) thinks Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is pulling a “bait-and-switch” on his constituents in his waning months in office.

Cooke wrote, in a new op-ed published in The Denver Post, that “the governor’s new vehicle emissions rule-making gambit is a strange and disturbing spectacle.”

You have to admit it; the governor’s new vehicle emissions rule-making gambit is a strange and disturbing spectacle. But, maybe in today’s deteriorating political climate, keeping promises has fallen out of fashion.

…Colorado’s term-limited governor assured everyone within earshot back in June that his executive order directing the adoption of California’s vehicle emissions standards applied only to that state’s low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards — not to the more radical and costly zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards. And yet, two months later, on August 16, and again in last week’s published rule-making timetable, Coloradans learned the governor’s agenda has changed.

Surprise! Colorado will also get the radical ZEV standards by way of a process that begins in December and ends in the spring of 2019.

Cooke then noted that it’s unlikely the new governor and legislature will “approve of [these] radical ZEV emissions standards.”

One factor that may play into Hickenlooper’s “gambit” – though unmentioned by Cooke – is the spectre of a presidential run for the outgoing governor in the next year or two. Adopting California-style standards in Colorado may be bad for Hickenlooper’s constituents, but it’s a good bullet point on his resume with potential presidential primary voters.

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