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The top candidates for Colorado's Seventh Congressional District are facing off on energy policy and jobs, the debate breaking along predictable lines. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter is a longtime advocate for renewable energy development, which he sees as an essential part of the drive toward national energy independence. He has supported so-called cap-and-trade legislation that would tax carbon as a way to move the country toward cleaner renewable fuels. Perlmutter's main GOP rival, Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, calls Perlmutter's stance limiting and told the Colorado Independent that he is for an "all of the above" national energy policy that includes opposition to cap and trade and an embrace of oil and coal as well as alternative nuclear and renewable power.
A representative with the world's largest business federation was in Denver on Monday to decry H.R. 800, federal legislation that would give workers greater rights to unionize. At the meeting, business leaders were not only told to oppose the proposal by putting pressure on members of Congress, but they were also encouraged to make changes to state law.