Where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate stand on key Colorado issues ahead of primary

Rivals John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are offering distinct choices for voters ahead of the June 30 election




Background: The use of hydraulic fracturing technology allows energy companies to drill miles-long horizontal wells and extract oil and gas deposits by fracturing shale rock. In Colorado, fracking has led to a boom in the energy industry in Colorado, which counts $30 billion in economic impact and thousands of jobs. However, the proliferation of wells and their location near Front Range communities is generating conflict. A shift in political power in 2019 led to a host of new regulations through Senate Bill 181, and some environmental activists want to go further with a ballot initiative to increase the buffer between communities and drilling operations.


A long-time defender of fracking

A: Hickenlooper has long supported fracking and he has sidestepped questions about his defense of the industry in the past. He argues that prohibiting drilling in Colorado would shift more drilling out of state and will not help drive down global greenhouse gas emissions. But he does support 100% renewable energy by 2050, which would essentially shut down the oil and gas industry.




Supports a ban on fracking

A: Romanoff has expressed concerns about fracking, particularly so close to homes and neighborhoods, and wants to see the practice end. He is backing the Green New Deal proposal, which would work to replace fracked gas, coal, and other fossil fuels with enough clean energy to meet all electricity needs by 2035. This means banning all fracking and ending the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure.



The Candidates

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John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor   

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

Former state House speaker and director Mental Health Colorado