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Paccione Endorses Plan for Colorado’s New Energy Future - 9/29/2006

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

Paccione Endorses Plan for Colorados New Energy Future

Angie Paccione calls on Marilyn Musgrave to focus on energy independence instead of gay marriage.

FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione, candidate for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, today was praised by agricultural, environmental, and trade groups for her endorsement of the Plan for Colorado’s New Energy Future (

At a press conference in front of Team Petroleum, a fuel provider that offers biodiesel fuel at its pumps, Paccione declared her support for the plan, which enhances Colorado’s energy security in a clean and affordable fashion.

Paccione was joined by members of the Coalition for Colorado’s New Energy Future, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council, and Environment Colorado.

“This plan will help boost our energy security right here in Colorado while creating jobs, conserving energy, and saving money. Colorado can be energy independent, and this is a step in the right direction,” Paccione said. “It’s good for our farmers, it’s good for our economy, and it will reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Mike Bowman, a farmer from Wray, Colorado and chairman of the Coalition, said Paccione’s endorsement of the plan is only the latest addition to her strong record of support for renewable energy in Colorado.

“Angie has been supportive of smart energy growth in Colorado from day one,” Bowman said. “Her record of support for renewable energy at the state level is a shining example for other lawmakers, and we know that in Congress, she will be equally supportive of clean, affordable energy alternatives that ensure our energy security.”

Paccione called on her opponent, Marilyn Musgrave, to support the plan, and she criticized Musgrave’s absence from the latest vote to advance the “25x25” renewable energy initiative in Congress. Musgrave instead attended the Family Research Council conference, where she declared banning gay marriage to be “the most important issue that we face today.”

“Is banning gay marriage more important than preventing an all-out energy crisis?” Paccione asked. “When is Marilyn going to stop catering to the special interests and show some concern for real issues like energy security? We need principled leadership in Congress that will fight for energy independence for the American people.”

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