Aide: Colorado governor sees natural gas as key
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – An economic adviser to Bill Ritter says the Colorado governor now sees natural gas as a clean fuel for generating electricity and not just as a stopgap until more renewable energy is available.
Don Marostica, director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, said Monday that Ritter believes the state will need natural gas because wind and solar can’t supply all the state’s energy needs.
Marostica was speaking at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction.
Ritter has often been at odds with the natural gas industry over new, tougher drilling rules the state adopted, but his spokesman, Evan Dreyer, said Tuesday there has been no change in the administration’s policy.
He said Ritter has consistently supported natural gas.
“We’ve done a lot to help the natural gas industry,” Dreyer said.
During a summit on renewable energy in Fort Collins last week, Ritter said the natural gas industry must meet the criteria set for other energy projects – it must reduce dependence on foreign sources, create jobs and help reduce global warming.
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