Former Colorado lawmaker pushes energy alternatives for farmers

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WASHINGTON (GrayDC) A former Colorado lawmaker says the Green New Deal is too extreme. He’s on Capitol Hill pushing for new energy options to help farmers.

A former Colorado State Senator is visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss energy alternatives to the Democrat-led Green New Deal. The resolution calls for massive cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. Washington Correspondent Jillian Angeline talks with the former Senator about his concerns.

“It won’t work. It would drive our economy back to the Stone Age,” said Greg Brophy, the former Colorado State Senator.

Greg Brophy, a former Colorado State Senator, is concerned about the Democrat-supported Green New Deal. He calls the resolution radical, especially the proposed changes for farmers.

“We like our cattle in Eastern Colorado and we don’t want to see them go away…people in Colorado like their steaks and hamburgers,” he said.

Brophy is in Washington with non-profit group The Western Way speaking to congress members about future renewable energy options and what’s already working in Colorado.

“We want the lawmakers to continue their support of NREL so we can build the next generation of wind towers,” said Brophy.

Brophy met with Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), who wants to see new energy technologies too. But he says Green New deal is not the way to do it. He said the proposal would kill Colorado energy jobs and impose a massive taxes on Americans.

Environmental policy experts disagree.

“The 93 trillion dollar number that Republicans touted so mightily last week has been debunked repeatedly. It’s not true…The urgency and energy behind the Green New Deal is what’s so exciting. This is not a policy package,” said Christy Goldfuss, the Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress.

But Brophy is not convinced. He is worried the Green New Deal could become law down the road.

“A lot of it is straight up socialism…you worry what happens after the next election if power shifts to the other side?” said Brophy.

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