John Hickenlooper

Monday, July 22, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Claire Guderjahn, Shari Hrdina

John Hickenlooper and Shaun Ahern

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Friday, March 8, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon

Although John Hickenlooper says climate change is a serious issue, he doesn’t believe the crisis deserves to be prioritized in his campaign. Like both Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang, he deflects to his top priority: bringing people together. Sorry, but this is a crisis that needs to be confronted head-on.

In response to a question by Karl Knock, Hickenlooper insisted that “fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes.” That’s pretty disappointing, and if you listen to the rest of his response, disingenuous.

One comment we didn’t capture was when Hickenlooper said he drank fracked water because, after an oil executive drank it, and he didn’t want to offend the guy by not drinking it himself. For real.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
West Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Sarah Spain

Kathy Byrnes, Sarah Spain, and Ed Fallon talk with Governor John W. Hickenlooper about fracking, climate change, and eminent domain. Thanks to Rick Smith for asking about the Governor’s climate plan.

The video of that conversation received over 1,000 views, and four Colorado climate organizations wrote to thank us.

Kathy Byrnes, Sarah Spain, and Ed Fallon talk with Governor John W. Hickenlooper about fracking, climate change, and eminent domain. Thanks to Rick Smith for asking about the Governor's climate plan.

Posted by Bold Iowa on Sunday, January 27, 2019

We were also covered in the Denver Post:

John Hickenlooper in Iowa: The case for a moderate problem-solver

Still, Iowans are beginning to do their own political calculus to determine what’s important for them.

For Ed Fallon, the founder of an environmental advocacy group who attended Hickenlooper’s event in West Des Moines, the former governor’s policies on the environment and drilling are likely a nonstarter. Climate change, he said, is not an issue but a “crisis.”

Fallon spoke with Hickenlooper and found his answers on fracking unsatisfactory, but acknowledged the former governor said he’d be willing to take a closer look at Iowa’s particular policies around drilling, land and mineral rights.

“It’s going to be a tough road for him,” Fallon said.