Salazar says energy independence is around the corner |

Salazar says energy independence is around the corner

Emily Anderson
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Emily Anderson Special to the Post IndependentU.S. Sen. Ken Salazar at Club 20 Saturday morning.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) said Saturday morning he believes energy independence is around the corner if the United States works on a variety of energy sources.

“I do believe we will move forward with what will be the moon shot on energy independence after the next president is elected,” Salazar said. He did not say who he thinks the next president of the United States will be.

Salazar, who spoke at a meeting of the Western Slope interest group Club 20, said he worries that money Americans use to buy oil fund weapons used by the enemy in Iraq. It will take renewable energy production and some level of drilling and clean coal production to yank that money out of foreign hands, according to Salazar.

Before looking at oil shale production in this region, Salazar said he wants to know exactly how much energy and water it will take.

“How can we weld in an oil shale development program without having the answer to that question?” he asked.

Also at the Club 20 meeting Saturday morning, State Board of Education candidates Marcia Neal, a Grand Junction Republican, and Jill Brake, a Pueblo Democrat, faced off in a debate. Both said they favor aiding rural school districts and would not favor statewide curriculum standards. The two would also like to raise teacher pay.

Brake said the senior year of high school “is a complete waste” and something she’d like to make more rigorous. Neal agreed that high school students need more of the state board’s attention. Brake also favors pre-school and full-day kindergarten programs for all, something Neal would like to limit to low-income children.

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