Gov. Hickenlooper to President Obama: Let governors come up with energy plan

Colorado_State_SealBy  The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Gov. John Hickenlooper said he told President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday that he wanted to create a national framework to regulate energy. And he didn’t need their help.

Hickenlooper said he would like governors to take charge in regulating energy production — much like he did recently with greenhouse gas and methane leaks from drilling. He said he thinks it’s easier for state chiefs to cross party lines than members of Congress or the federal government because they have to do it all the time.

“We think we can get a bunch of states to create a national framework in regulation that would vary from region to region based on differences in geology or geography,” he said. “But each governor is going to want to hold their state to the highest standard. I think every governor, without exception, wants to make it as least onerous … on business. You want to give your businesses every chance to succeed.”

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