Senator Michael Bennet is touring the state, and stopped in Rifle today to get a glimpse into the future of natural gas. This was just one stop in his "Fighting for Colorado families" tour. Senator Bennett stopped in rifle to take a tour of a state of the art gas flex rig.
Officials from Williams Natural Gas gave Senator Bennet a tour of the rig and educated him on how natural gas rigs like theirs are critical to Colorado's clean energy future. They also discussed how the new rig will minimize climate change and how it can reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, which lately has been a hot topic of debate on Capital Hill.
"I don't think the House bill did enough for our state. I think we have an abundance of natural gas in the state and an abundance of sun and wind all over the state and the chance in a lot of other places to create bio–fuels as well," says Bennet. He went on to say that when the debate in Washington focuses around the energy bill and climate legislation that his focus is going to be on what Colorado can bring to the table. Because no matter what the debate, he says the thing that unites all Americans is the idea that "we've got to end our reliance on foreign oil".
Bennet is continuing his tour tomorrow right here in Grand Junction at 8:30am. on the Colorado National Monument to promote national parks. He then plans to attend the Palisade Peach Festival at 12:30pm.