Today, Senate Democrats in the State Affairs Committee abandoned their “jobs, jobs, jobs” mantra when they decided to shoot down Senator Kevin Grantham’s (R-Cañon City) bill to classify the Waste-to-Energy process as a renewable energy. Currently 26 states, the federal government and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado consider this technology a renewable energy.
Creative Energy Systems, a Colorado energy company, had planned to create fifty jobs as well as make a $40 million dollar investment in La Junta, Colorado, if this legislation had passed.
Ron Davis, Director of Economic Development for the City of La Junta testified that, “This was about jobs in Colorado, not just for La Junta, but for the entire state.”
Bryan Bryant, Otero County Economic Development Coordinator added, “This was a shovel ready project. This would create jobs now for people in Otero County.”