THE SOURCE - Fall 2015 - (Page 11)

Q&A: Senator Gardner A PGA discusses energy issues with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R). APGA: You served two terms in the House prior to your election to the Senate last year. What are the primary differences that you see between the House and Senate and which of them, if any, surprised you the most? Senator Gardner: The biggest difference between the House and the Senate lies in how much of an impact I can have on behalf of Coloradans. I have always pursued public service because I want to make a difference in the lives of the people I represent, and individual Senators are able to have much more influence on the issues than members of the House. And that's not to mention the change that comes with representing an entire state with a diverse population. APGA: How would you describe your energy policy philosophy? Senator Gardner: Simple: All of the above. We're never going to meet all of our country's energy demands with just one source, and encouraging the growth of many different types of energy produces the innovation and competition that our economy thrives on. Coloradans know this better than anyone; our state is on the cutting edge of natural gas production, coal mining, drilling for oil, wind turbine manufacturing, and solar innovation. APGA: Given your philosophy and as a first term Senator on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural, what are your priorities on the committee? Senator Gardner: My priorities going forward are the same as they have been going back through my time in elected office: pursuing an all-of-theabove strategy focused on developing American energy of all kinds. In addition, I've been working with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and others on energy efficiency measures, building on my work on that issue with Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in the House. APGA: Passage of comprehensive energy legislation has eluded the Congress since 2007. What policy issues do you think could make it not only out of the committee, but be signed into law by the President? Senator Gardner: The committee has long been a place where issues tend to go across party lines and where broad consensus is possible. There is agreement from both sides of the aisle on issues like energy efficiency, making improvements to federal facilities, and growing America's economy through energy production. I am committed to working with members of both parties on energy legislation, and I am hopeful we will be able to make real progress. APGA: Shifting to natural gas, what is your view of the role natural gas has to play in meeting the country's energy needs? Senator Gardner: Natural gas is playing a huge role in meeting our energy needs, and a lot of its production is happening continued on page 12 THE SOURCE | FALL 2015, VOL. 8, ISSUE 1 11 »

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Fall 2015

First Person
APGA Events
Q&A: Senator Gardner
APGA Responds to Efficiency Standards
Georgia Forms New State Association
Greenest CNG Station Opens in Tennessee
Factors that Fuel the Decision to Switch to CNG
Emerging CSST Products
Debut of the Gas Equipment & Appliance Conference
New Management Program for a Growing System
Shale and Natural Gas Lead U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
Advertisers’ Index/
At Last

THE SOURCE - Fall 2015