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John Hickenlooper on Technology

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor

 


Provide ample funding for scientific research

Hickenlooper supports ample funding for scientific research to help create evidence-based policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, gun violence, inequity, and more. Hickenlooper believes strongly in protecting the integrity of scientific research, including the accuracy and transparency in its communication; and as a former geologist in the U.S. Senate, he will be a strong and knowledgeable voice in support.
Source: ScienceDebate.org on 2020 Colorado Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

NASA's Earth Science program may help on climate crisis

Q: Over the years, NASA has assigned changing priorities to different aspects of its mission (Earth observation, robotic exploration, and crewed spaceflight). What missions would you have NASA prioritize and why?

A: Hickenlooper is interested in learning more about all of the priorities outlined in NASA's 2020- 2024 plan and has a particular interest in NASA's Earth Science program, with potential to inform solutions to climate crisis.

Source: ScienceDebate.org on 2020 Colorado Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Bolster cybersecurity defense of our voting systems

As Governor, I established the National Cybersecurity Center, so I know what it takes to enact strong online protections. I support bolstering the defense of our voting systems by investing in cybersecurity efforts to secure voter registration databases, voting machines, reporting websites, and other software vulnerable to meddling.
Source: 2020 Colorado Senate campaign website Hickenlooper.com , Jul 9, 2020

$1 trillion for infrastructure from raised taxes

Hickenlooper on Transportation : Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations & the wealthy.

TWO CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Amy Klobuchar; Beto O`Rourke.

Virtually all other candidates $1.5 trillion attempt to respond to climate change, much of which appears focused on research. Beyond that the specifics get nebulous, other than a line saying he wants some of it to go to grants that "cut commutes, crashes and carbon pollution," including increased access to transit options. Read more about his plan here.

John Hickenlooper has said he wants a $1 trillion infrastructure investment with a focus on clean energy and rural broadband.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Public-private partnerships for next-gen energy technology

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

Hickenlooper: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research? If so, how much money? Are there specific areas of research you're most interested in funding, and why?

Hickenlooper: Yes. Next-generation clean energy technologies; public-private partnerships.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Expand broadband connectivity

We're continuing the promising work of our Main Street improvement initiative, and pressing forward on efforts to bring broadband to every corner and corral in Colorado.

We are leveraging federal dollars, state assets and our new telecom law to ensure that all Colorado households, businesses, hospitals and schools--regardless of their location--have access to reliable, affordable broadband.

Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature , Jan 14, 2016

Bring antiquated budget & personnel systems to 21st century

Bring antiquated budget & personnel systems to 21st century [We changed how] CDOT budgets for multi-year transportation projects. This is a better approach to budgeting that comes with an annual bump of $300 million for five years. This program provides a critical boost to the construction industry by directly Bring antiquated budget & personnel systems to 21st century 25-year-old system, which means unemployed Coloradans will get their benefits faster and more quickly return to work.

Two years ago, Colorado was caught in a bygone era with rules and procedures that made more sense back when we used electric

Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address , Jan 10, 2013

COIN: Colorado Innovation Network incubates entrepreneurship

An attraction to entrepreneurship is a climate of innovation. We established the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) to foster collaboration and idea-sharing across private sector, academic and public lines, including the 29 research laboratories in Colorado. This will multiply occurrences like Primestar Solar, where an innovation at the National Renewable Energy Lab translated into more than 400 jobs in Colorado.

COIN gives us a unique opportunity to incubate entrepreneurship and facilitate the transfer of new ideas to the marketplace. While COIN is privately funded, we are asking for a modest public investment to continue the success we had with Arrow and GE. We are requesting $6 million to support the work of the Colorado Economic Development Commission, and $3 million for a revolving loan fund to provide low-risk gap financing so Colorado can compete with other states for film, video gaming and electronic media productions. These investments will repay the state many, many times over.

Source: Colorado 2012 State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2012

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