John Hickenlooper’s view that there’s “no margin in having enemies” may play well as a brewpub owner – or even as the mayor of a Democratic stronghold like Denver – but it’s wearing thin as a statewide campaign strategy in running for governor of Colorado.
Hickenlooper’s evolving position – to put it kindly – on the state’s oil-and-gas rules is a case in point. The video above, from a media roundtable on June 22, documents Hickenlooper roundabout response to a pointed question: “Are you going to take a second look at the regulations they (industry) say are too onerous?”
Hickenlooper deflected for a minute and, when pressed, suggested “working through the process” to resolve differences between the “highest environmental standards” and “excess red tape.”
Maybe Hickenlooper believes that he could get the energy industry and the environmental lobby to hold hands in Colorado. But there’s no way for voters to know what Hickenlooper himself THINKS, because he won’t say. His position seems to be: elect me and I’ll let you know. Read the links below to realize what a tough sell that will be.
Hickenlooper expresses a bent for business: The candidate for governor faults Ritter’s process in crafting new oil and gas rules, The Denver Post, March 19, 2010
Hickenlooper Pisses On Environmentalists- Again, ColoradoPols, June 23, 2010
Rolling back oil and gas regulations would be a mistake for Colorado, Hickenlooper guest column, Grand Junction Sentinel, July 4, 2010
Hickenlooper denies flip-flopping on oil and gas drilling regulations, The Colorado Independent, July 8, 2010