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Tipton Blasts Governor Polis and CO State Legislature for Loss of Jobs in NW CO

January 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) blasted Governor Jared Polis and Colorado State House Democrats over the announced future loss of jobs as the direct result of their policies signed into law in 2019. Tri-State announced the complete closure of the Craig Station and the Colowyo Mine by 2030 as a result of the policies.

Tipton released the following statement:

“The announcement that the Craig Station and Colowyo Mine will be fully closed by 2030 is economically devastating for Craig and Moffat County. 472 direct jobs will be lost. Based on the population of Moffat County, that would be the economic equivalent of about 98,000 jobs lost in the Denver Metro Area.

“The closure and loss of jobs is the direct result of the State Legislature and Governor Polis’s policies passed in 2019. Instead of implementing a responsible all-of-the-above energy plan that relies on free market innovation and technological advancement to drive cost and demand, Governor Polis and State House Democrats forced the heavy hand of government to manipulate the market, end a source of affordable energy production, and kill jobs. After all of that, Colorado will remain connected to the main power grid which will continue to rely on coal generation from other states. This loss of these jobs is on the Governor’s hands and on each of those that voted for his plan. They should be forced to look these impacted families in the eyes and explain to them why they think their livelihoods are not important enough to save.

“Tri-State should provide training and placement services for those employees who will be impacted by this announcement and the State of Colorado must do the same—and it needs to be comparable skills, opportunities and pay. My office stands ready to work with the Craig community to help wherever we can at the federal level, including with economic development grant proposals and assistance, appropriations requests, job fairs, and access to other federal services. We are in touch with local officials and with Tri-State.”