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  1. The highlights of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s visit to Hobbs, New Mexico. Romney’s visit focused primarily on his plans for expansion of offshore drilling. 

  2. He talks about how wonderful it is and how we’re adding jobs in the coal industry and producing more coal. How in the world can you go out there and just tell people things that aren’t true?”

    - Mitt Romney in Beallsville, Ohio, Tuesday criticizing President Obama for “waging a war on coal,” hindering job creation and energy independence

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  3. Mitt Romney visited the Jefferson County fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., on Thursday morning in his first campaign stop after returning from his European tour.

    Romney listed five major policy failures of President Obama in his speech: American energy independence; fostering achievement through education; gains in the global economy, specifically over China; balancing the U.S. budget; and championing small businesses.

    Colorado boasts a large energy sector, and the presumptive Republican presidential candidate devoted four minutes to that part of Obama’s “report card” in his 25 minute speech. “Get us energy independence!” Romney encouraged attendees.

    "One of the things we’re going to do is to really open up federal lands and private lands for drilling, oil and gas," Romney said, to big applause. He referred to the American "energy reserves" he has previously said he would survey and develop.

    "I like renewables, we’re going to continue to see wind and solar important parts of the growth of our energy resources," Romney continued, though quickly moving onto the topic of the Keystone XL Pipeline before the crowd could respond. Golden is known as a wind energy hub, and Romney has said he supports ending a wind energy tax credit.

    "And by the way, we are going to build that pipeline to bring oil in from Canada," he said, and was by shoutsof approval.

    Romney heads for Basalt, Colo. Thursday evening for a campaign event.

  4. The wind energy tax credit, which funds the study and use of wind turbines in Colorado and across the country, is one of the few credits up for renewal this year that a bipartisan Senate committee has decided to cut

    The Senate’s decision on tax credits must be approved by the House of Representatives if it is to move forward, keeping wind energy’s fate in limbo for the time being.

    Mitt Romney is holding an event in one of Colorado’s wind energy hot spots, Golden, Thursday morning. Despite saying that he would not renew the wind energy tax credit, a position the Huffington Post reports is at odds with some in his party, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is likely to address the topic. A Tumblr post from Republican National Committee Research attacking Barack Obama’s history with wind energy is below.

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    It Didn’t Work….

    FLASHBACK: Obama’s Failed Promise To Fix America’s Energy Crisis

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  5. Colorado’s diverse energy resources are bountiful and their development is a crucial issue for many voters here. But the presidential campaigns haven’t made energy a centerpiece of their campaigns in the state. 

    With rare exceptions tailored for specific campaign stops, other topics have taken precedence over energy: The economy, job creation, and, occasionally, women’s issues are driving the conversation about who will be president in 2013. 

    “The American public has yet to really make the link between energy and the economy in their own collective mind,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote in his new book, the Gospel According to the Fix. “Though very few politicians are talking about it, there’s actually good news on the energy front; domestic oil output is the highest it has been since the early 2000s, and the country is producing natural gas like gangbusters.”

    Although there is tension between renewable energy and fossil fuel workers in Colorado, avoiding the topic altogether means neglecting a huge sector of the state’s economy and a significant voting demographic. 

    The middle ground Colorado has found in energy resources is working, and turning a deaf ear to that could hurt the presidential hopefuls in the western swing state.

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  6. Romney for President launched a new series of campaign ads this week called First 100 Days in OhioIowaNorth Carolina and Virginia. The 30-second T.V. spots lay out what Romney would accomplish with his first 100 days in office if elected president.

    The Ohio ad focuses on standing up to China and repealing regulations limiting jobs in America. Iowa’s spot promises voters the repeal of Obamacare and a secure future for the state’s children. The North Carolina spot also centers around Obamacare and “a new start” for the state, and the Virginia spot ensures voters that Romney will create more jobs by reversing President Obama’s ban on off-shore drilling. 

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  7. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) continues to appeal to appeal to his colleagues about the importance of the wind protection tax credit, which will expire at the end of 2012.

    Udall, one of Colorado’s two Democratic senators, is pledging to make a speech about extending the $4.1 million tax credit every morning on the Senate floor until it is passed, according Allison Sherry at the Denver Post.

    Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney support the extension. In fact, ”the whole , except  (R), supports extending the tax credit,” Sherry writes.

    Golden, Colo. is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which consists of a Renewable Electricity Department and the National Wind Technology Center. NREL’s wind turbines span the state, taking particular advantage of the wind energy potential in this state's front range and plains. 

    The Renewable Energy Standard adopted in 2010 legislation by then-Gov. Bill Ritter (D) requires that by 2015, 20 percent of Colorado’s energy use comes from renewable sources like wind, geothermal, and solar energies. By 2020, the standard will be 30 percent.

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