Politically, a “blue wave” swept over Colorado last year and ushered in a period of Democratic control over state politics not seen since 1936. That election, and Colorado’s shifting political alignment, quickly gave way to Senate Bill 181, described as the most sweeping oil and gas legislation in 60 years. It also gave rise to worries about the future of responsible oil and natural gas development in a state that also has been ground-zero for environmental activism. What’s the path forward, politically and socially, for a blue-leaning state with exceptional geology, a dedicated workforce but continual existential threats? Can we end the “oil and gas wars” in Colorado?
Fred Julander Lifetime Achievement Award