Zvonek Statement On Binz Nomination News

October 01, 2013

Statement from AFP-Colorado State Director Dustin Zvonek

in response to Ron Binz’s failed bid for FERC Chairman 

“America’s energy policy is just too critical to our economic vitality to be left in the hands of environmental extremists with an anti-energy consumer agenda to push, which is why we were pleased today to see Colorado’s Ron Binz fail in his bid to become FERC chairman.

We in Colorado have seen first-hand the harm that can be done when such positions are filled by people whose first loyalty isn’t to energy consumers, but to not-ready-for-primetime energy interests that can’t survive without government mandates, subsidies and other market interventions. Ron Binz was always an activist first and an honest regulator far second, and we’re relieved that enough senators saw this to stop this reckless nomination in its tracks.

We urge President Obama to learn from this lesson and put forth a replacement for Binz that will genuinely support the all-of-the-above energy policy Obama ran on as a candidate. America’s economy is just too frail to have an energy policy that’s managed by rogues and radicals. We hope the President will make a more responsible choice next time.

We hope this also serves as a lesson to Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, who rolled out the red carpet for, and gave a glowing recommendation to, a nominee who was too out of the mainstream to be confirmed by Senate colleagues. Their job as senators isn’t to rubber-stamp any radical the President puts forward, but to thoroughly vet and question a nominee with the interests of Colorado foremost in mind. Their failure to do due diligence in this case leaves both senators with green egg on their faces.”

For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at DZvonek@afphq.org or 720.219.1451.

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