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Profile of CO-Gov. Candidate Polis Focuses on Unrealistic Ideas

Jared Polis is a congressman running for governor of Colorado, and he's running on a platform that would make Bernie Sanders proud.

By NTK Staff | 06.19.2018 @1:00pm
Profile of CO-Gov. Candidate Polis Focuses on Unrealistic Ideas

“Medicare for all, a statewide transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, and free universal pre-K and kindergarten.” That’s how the Colorado Independent describes Democrat Jared Polis’ platform for his gubernatorial run.

But, the Independent pointed out in a profile published this week, critics say the liberal congressman’s platform is “unrealistic.”

For example, experts say that dramatically increasing Colorado’s renewable portfolio is achievable, but that achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, as Polis promises, could prove impossible without cooperation of major and municipal utilities alike, and without more capable, affordable energy storage technology than exists today. Besides, if he becomes governor, he’d be term limited in 2027 and there’s no guarantee his successor would continue working toward that goal.

Skeptics also question the realism of paying for universal pre-K and kindergarten when Colorado’s Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights already puts a chokehold on public education funding.

Polis’ response to the Independent? “John F. Kennedy challenged America to go to the moon in 1961, and even though he didn’t live to see it, Americans were on the moon.”

While that may sound idealistic, neither Kennedy nor the moon are going to come up with the billions and billions of dollars needed to implement Polis’ plan.

NTK Network noted last year that elements of Polis’ plan featured in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) platform would cost the nation, as a whole, around $40 trillion over 10 years. That includes $32-trillion ‘Medicare for All,’ and $8-trillion ‘100 percent renewable energy.’ One can reasonably assume those planks on a state level would cost Colorado many billions of dollars over a decade.

Polis is running in the Democratic primary for governor, which is June 26.

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