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Brita Horn: Look at energy future

Recently, I was fortunate to attend a discussion in Denver focused on the future of our nation's energy outlook and featuring remarks from presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

As Ms. Fiorina spoke, one message stood out for those of us in the audience: our nation's economy and future global competitiveness have been put in jeopardy as a result of the Obama Administration's attempts to eliminate fuel sources like coal from our energy portfolio.

The Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory assault will force many coal-fired power plants offline and leave Colorado's consumers depending on less reliable and more costly sources of electricity.

International competitors like China and India have given no indication of slowing down their use of coal-based electricity. It is affordable, abundant and reliable and provides their citizens access to electricity while bolstering their economies. Meanwhile, America will grow weaker as manufacturers, businesses and consumers in Colorado and across the nation are saddled with higher electricity costs.

The concerns discussed last week in Denver about our nation's future international competitiveness shouldn't be taken lightly. As taxpaying citizens, those of us in Colorado and across the nation must rally together to make sure our opinions are heard. We must stop this current administration's destructive energy policy before it's too late.

I live in Routt County, which has shown the world that outdoor activities such as skiing, biking and hiking and the tourist dollars they attract can coexist with productive mining sites nearby in Hayden and Craig. What is needed are common-sense policies that will grow not stifle our economy. Our communities depend on it.

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