Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez held a political rally with an oil industry-funded “nonprofit organization,” ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Beauprez to tell the truth about his long record of extremism on climate and energy issues.

“In Congress, Bob Beauprez was one of America’s worst lawmakers on drilling and the environment,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “After taking tens of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry as a member of Congress, ranking 14th among all members of Congress for the amount of money received from the industry, why would anyone expect Beauprez to lift a finger to protect our state?”

According to the League of Conservation Voters, Beauprez received over $110,000 in campaign contributions from the energy and natural resources industry in just two years–2003 and 2004. Beauprez ranked 14th among all members of Congress in this period for contributions from the energy and natural resources industries. At the same time, Beauprez voted to exempt many oil and gas drilling activities from the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. Beauprez even voted to exempt manufacturers of the carcinogenic fuel additive MTBE from liability after taking money from manufacturers of the chemical.

“Coloradans cannot trust Both Ways Bob Beauprez to protect our environment,” said Runyon-Harms. “Beauprez claimed that climate change is a ‘complete hoax,’ and even opposed the recent bipartisan agreement in Colorado to protect air quality supported by some of the state’s biggest energy producers.”

“Coloradans value the great outdoors. The last thing we need is a leader who will stand with out-of-state billionaires instead of Coloradans, which is exactly what we’re seeing from Both Ways Bob Beauprez today,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on Bob Beauprez to come clean about his financial backing from the oil and gas industry–and get out of the way of solutions to climate change before it’s too late.”