Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper thinks that states, not the federal government, should run national energy policy. At a private White House meeting Tuesday, he made the argument directly to President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, met with them while in Washington for a meeting of the National Governors Association, for which he serves as vice chairman. He was one of six governors who met with the president and vice president. It is not clear how Obama and Biden reacted to his suggestion, though Hickenlooper said they did listen.
According to a Denver Post account, he said governors would do a better job of running energy policy because they are more willing to reach across political lines.
“We think we can get a bunch of states to create a national framework in regulation that would vary from region to region based on differences in geology or geography. But each governor is going to want to hold their state to the highest standard. I think every governor, without exception, wants to make it as least onerous … on business. You want to give your businesses every chance to succeed," he said.
As the Post notes, Hickenlooper has previously made a similar argument for a state-led national policy on natural gas fracking.