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Gov. Ritter Continues with Energy Efforts, Serving Colorado

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It’s great to see Gov. Ritter continuing to work at the service of the people of Colorado, and future generations in general, by working with students at CSU on the kinds of energy issues that have made him such a great governor for the last four years.

Of course it also makes the libertarian in me happy that this is being funded by private dollars:

“It was very important to me and to the president that it was privately funded because of the difficulties we’ve had in securing public dollars for higher-ed during this awful recession,” Ritter said.

As long as Ritter and this program continue to strive for substantive and practical solutions to the energy needs of tomorrow, how could we lose?

Ritter to take new energy job at Colorado State

By IVAN MORENO – Jan 6, 2011 6:11 AM MT

DENVER (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter held up his old college ID card and smiled, announcing Wednesday that his next career move will be a return to his alma mater as the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

“So I don’t even have to have a new ID card, I can use the one, I think this is from somewhere around ’75 or ’76,” Ritter said as he displayed his identification card to reporters. Ritter, who leaves office Tuesday, will earn $300,000 a year at his new post, a “healthier salary than the governor’s salary,” he said.

The job is being paid for with donations funding the new center. Ritter makes $90,000 a year as governor. The governor graduated in 1978 from CSU with an undergraduate degree in political science.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Jason

January 7th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Clean Colorado Energy Gives Us an Economic Edge

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It’s certainly a challenge to balance long term economic health with the need to pay the heating bill this month.We know fossil fuel resources are finite, even if they appear abundant in Colorado today. We also know that they pollute our air in ways much more immediate and tangible than climate change. But if working towards cleaner, renewable, domestically produced energy were going to increase our utility bills drastically in the near term, it’s a tough sell.

Colorado’s economy is doing pretty well compared to the rest of the country during this economic downturn and present (we hope) recovery. I am just one of thousands of examples of people who have good jobs working in Colorado’s clean energy sector.

I’m excited by the prospects for Colorado’s economy in the next several decades, due in large part to the competitive edge Colorado has gained in working towards a more renewable, energy-independent economy.

Gov. Ritter provides only vague overviews in the article below, but he’s done plenty to place a solid foundation.

We’ve successfully shown how to utilize of our domestic resources while simultaneously addressing environmental concerns.

By Anna Clark 

Mon Dec 6, 2010 1:00am EST

Anna Clark: During your four years in office, you have signed 57 pieces of energy-related legislation. Did making Colorado a model state for the “new energy economy” come at a price?

Bill Ritter: I would not say it’s come at a price. I’m not anti-business; quite the opposite. Cultivating a competitive edge in energy and sustainable development is what we should be doing. Creativity, innovation, and commercialization — these should be in 21st century America’s wheelhouse. That’s who we’ve always been as a country. This vision is among the things I am proudest of accomplishing during these past four years.

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Colorado Senate advances higher renewable-energy standard

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Friday, March 5, 2010, 2:57pm MST  |  Modified: Friday, March 5, 2010, 5:46pm

Denver Business Journal – by Ed Sealover

Colorado stands just two steps away from enacting the second-highest standard in the country for renewable-energy production requirements by utilities, and now Gov. Bill Ritter also wants to raise the national bar on cutting air pollution.

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