John Hickenlooper ended his presidential campaign on August 15, 2019.
In his own words: “Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, and yet we have a president who is taking us in the wrong direction. He withdrew our country from the Paris climate accords. He is expanding drilling on public lands. He is forfeiting our country’s leadership, changing our national symbol from the eagle to an ostrich, burying our head in the sand in the face of this global threat. As Governor, I saw the impact of climate change in dealing with the Biblical floods and fires that ravaged Colorado.Learn More »
As a geologist, I have had a lifelong commitment to environmental protection and conservation, and my record reflects it. As Denver Mayor, we built public support for unprecedented and region wide expansion of light rail and the retrofitting of buildings to save energy. As Governor, we became the first state to impose its own regulation on methane emissions, which are 25 times worse for climate change than carbon dioxide, and we did it by working with both environmentalists and industry. We implemented new standards for low-emission vehicles and expanded Colorado’s renewable energy standard, doubling the goal for rural electric producers. At the same time, we created more than 10,000 clean-energy jobs — just as we can create millions of clean-energy jobs across the country if we take the right steps.
Climate has been and will continue to be one of my highest priorities on the campaign trail and as President. We will resume global leadership on reducing emissions support emerging economies in efforts to reduce global emissions and rejoin the Paris Climate Accords. We will restore federal regulations like vehicle car emission standards and regulations on methane emissions. We will pursue innovative solutions like increasing carbon sinks and infrastructure for electrification of cars. We will make massive investments in R&D and technology so we can move to a renewable based economy and provide meaningful work force transition and training for jobs of the future, including in the renewable energy sector.”
(Source: candidate survey)