“Addressing climate change, protecting our environment and investing more in renewable energy are important priorities that reflect Colorado values, and I’m committed to making progress in these areas as Colorado’s senator.” – Sen. Michael Bennet
Senator Bennet is a clean air hero who has fought against efforts to gut the Clean Air Act, and he led an effort to make the fight against global climate a national security priority. He has also led bipartisan efforts to protect the Hermosa Creek Watershed, Chimney Rock, and Browns Canyon. His re-election would be a boon for Coloradans and is essential for securing a pro-environment majority in the next Congress.
While we haven’t agreed with Bennet on every issue, he has a very strong climate and energy record (which we touted back in 2010, too). In fact, we’re so confident in Senator Bennet’s demonstrated commitment to a clean energy future that we are making this endorsement without knowing who his opponent will be. There are few people who can beat a record like Senator Bennet’s and his growing seniority puts him in a position to truly make a difference on the issue right now.
How good is Senator Bennet? According to the WhoVotesDirty.com database, he has a 100 percent record of voting in favor of clean air, making him a Clean Air Hero. Since WhoVotesDirty.com started tracking clean air votes in 2011 the Senator has taken the right position every time on climate change, clean energy, upholding the Clean Air Act, and reducing pollution.
Senator Bennet doesn’t just vote right. He’s an outspoken champion on the need to act on climate change. In April, he offered an important amendment linking “national security, economic growth, and public health by addressing human-induced climate change through increased use of clean energy, energy efficiency, and reductions in carbon pollution.” Even in a Senate led by Dirty Denier Mitch McConnell, this common-sense amendment was adopted 53 to 47.
Senator Bennet has also been a leader in protecting sensitive public lands for future generations. He led the effort to permanently protect the 100,000-acre Hermosa Creek watershed in Southeastern Colorado. The bill to protect Hermosa Creek was signed into law in 2014 after years of bipartisan work with fellow lawmakers and local stakeholders. Bennet also worked to protect Chimney Rock, which President Obama designated as a National Monument.
Colorado Voters Want Climate Action, Clean Energy
Senator Bennet’s clean energy bona fides should serve him well in the campaign ahead because Colorado voters support climate action and clean energy. A recent poll by Public Policy Polling found that a majority (57 percent) of Colorado voters consider climate change a “serious problem” and support President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Similarly, a July poll by Quinnipiac University found Colorado voters agreeing with Pope Francis’s call for climate action by a two to one margin. Earlier this year, a separate poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates, found majority support in Colorado for increased clean energy, energy efficiency and EPA climate action. President Obama’s former campaign manager has credited Obama’s focus on wind energy with helping him win the state in 2012.
Colorado is a battleground state and is home to a growing and prominent clean energy economy. Senator Bennet’s re-election would help Coloradans while sending a signal to the rest of the country that our future will be based on clean energy. Michael Bennet will be an important voice for that future – during the remainder of this Senatorial term, during his campaign, and we believe, in the next Congress.