Our industry understands this sentiment all too well.
Our industry has been through tough times before, and we always emerge stronger.
Our country has weathered tough times, too, and I never underestimate the goodwill, power and ingenuity of America -- just as I never underestimate the ingenuity of the men and women who make up this industry.
When so much is uncertain, it’s comforting to know we have energy security, thanks to our Colorado oil and natural gas companies.
And as our economy rebounds, oil and gas will be an essential part of that climb. Our industry will power the recovery and you will be called on to meet the global demand for oil and natural gas over the long haul.
We will be ready. We must be ready.
Regardless of the rhetoric you may hear, the world will need YOU to produce oil and gas for years to come.
And it should come from Colorado.
If you care about the environment, you want oil and natural gas to be produced locally, right here at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
We call it the Colorado Molecule, and we’ve been able to show that the oil and natural gas molecules produced here are among the cleanest in the world.
Under Colorado’s rigorous regulatory framework and environmental rules that are widely seen as the gold standard, your companies aren’t just utilizing -- but are actually pioneering -- state-of-the-art technology and innovation to decrease emissions, reduce leaks, limit venting and flaring, and disturb less land. The end result is abundant, efficient and affordable energy sourced and produced locally in one of the safest and most environmentally sound manners anywhere.
We need to ensure that our elected leaders understand that policies that intentionally limit local development and local supply will do nothing but increase imports, and that will increase greenhouse gas emissions and increase costs for our most vulnerable neighbors.
We also need to continue to remind our fellow Coloradans that we value what they value
We also can have confidence that we have the right industry thought leaders in place to make good decisions for industry and for Colorado.
As we look ahead to the new year, and the economic recovery that lies on the approaching horizon, we must prepare ourselves. We must be ready for the opportunity it presents us. Our work is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it takes us.
At COGA, we will stand with you and we will continue to stand up for you -- the remarkable men and women that produce the energy and products that billions of people use throughout the world. You provide the critical lifeblood of modern society. In these strange times you may not always feel your significance, but it’s important to know the world does not function without you.
Together, we are committed to a prosperous future, we are committed to a clean and healthy future, we are committed to our neighbors and our communities, and we are committed to Colorado.
Believe in the unending possibilities of what our industry can do, for our state, for our country, and for our future.
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Dan Haley is the President and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.