Background: The fierce debate over who can use Colorado’s federally owned public lands -- and for what purpose -- is a constant fault line in Colorado politics. The U.S. House last year passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act -- a massive public lands measure that would designate roughly 100,000 acres for new wilderness and recreation in the state, and remove more than 200,000 acres from oil and gas development. The measure has stalled in the GOP-led Senate and faces a veto threat from the White House. Meanwhile, some Colorado Republicans are pushing for changes, like protections for water rights and grazing for local farmers and ranchers, before they’re willing to support it.
Supports passing the CORE Act
A: Hickenlooper made public lands a focus in his terms as governor. He supports dedicating 3% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to be used to expand public access to federal lands and make exploring them more accessible. He supports federal agencies working with local agencies and the outdoor sports and recreation industry to invest in projects that will increase access to the outdoors. Hickenlooper supports breaking down barriers for low-income communities and communities of color so everyone can share the benefits of the outdoors.
Supports using public lands for renewable energy
A: Romanoff favors banning oil and gas development on public lands and offshore. He supports the CORE Act and backs a proposal from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to use public lands for renewable energy.