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Candidates Look Toward a Different Kind of "Green"

February 5, 2008

Denver, CO - Super Tuesday is finally here, and green groups in Colorado are encouraging voters to remember the environment when they make their choices. Brent Blackwelder with Friends of the Earth says Colorado voters have a big stake in fixing global warming, in part because warmer temperatures means less snow.

"Not only would you lose the skiing, but you would have to be building new water supplies."

He says that would be a double whammy for the economy.

According to Blackwelder, both Democratic party candidates and Republican John McCain have plans to address global warming.

He says Colorado's renewable energy resources could boost the economy and reduce the need for foreign oil, all while staying "green."

"You're looking at a state with tremendous solar and wind potential."

Blackwelder says the next president can look to Colorado as a national leader in reducing greenhouse gases, if the state does things like installing covered parking lots with solar panels.

"With a covering of solar collectors above the cars, they shield them from the hot sun and they would generate more electricity than the United States uses."

Eric Mack/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CO