Jared Polis is the governor of Colorado. He previously served as U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd District, and was first elected in 2008. Polis has supported sage grouse habitat protections, limiting methane pollution, and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Polis opposes federal land transfers and selling public lands. In response to President Trump’s executive order calling for a review national monuments, Polis stated he would “do everything to protect national monuments, which are treasured by all Coloradans and Americans.”.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Then-Representative Polis Supported Sage Grouse Habitat Protection
Polis Voted to Preserve Sage Grouse Conservation Plans. Polis voted yes on an amendment to preserve sage grouse conservation plans. [FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 474, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/16/18]
Then-Representative Polis Supports Limits on Praised the Methane Pollution Rule.
Polis Commended Efforts to Update Methane Rule. “’Scientists and climate experts have known for decades that methane emissions have a negative and devastating impact on our climate,’ Polis said. ‘For years I’ve found it troubling that we regulate these leaking and harmful pollutants with a 30-year old regulation. The Methane and Waste Prevention Rule is a commonsense step to prevent the release of these harmful emissions on public lands at an accelerated rate. I commend U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Administration for their commitment to update this rule and for making the necessary changes to protect our planet.’” [Press Release, U.S. Representative Jared Polis, 11/15/16]
Then-Representative Polis Supports Permanently Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Polis Cosponsored Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF. Polis was one of the cosponsors of HR 502 which would permanently reauthorize the LWCF. [H.R.502 – To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Congress.gov, accessed 10/16/18]
Then-Representative Polis Opposes Selling or Transferring Public Lands.
Polis Pledged to “Fight Any Attempt to Sell Our Public Lands.” “I will fight any attempt to sell our public lands to the highest bidder or diminish them in any way. Nearly a third of our state is made up of public lands, and these lands belong to all Coloradans, no matter their background, zip code, race, or income. Our public lands, clean air, and rivers are critical to protecting our fish and wildlife habitat, providing the public with places to hunt and fish, ski, climb, bike, raft, and enjoy the Colorado outdoor experience.” [Jared Polis For Governor Website, accessed 10/16/18]
Polis Introduced Amendment to Block Funding for Federal Land Transfers. “Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, introduced an amendment on an Interior Department funding bill that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. This amendment would have effectively made public land transfer more difficult. With its failure, the possibility is still available to public land seizure proponents to sell off the lands that belong to all Americans to the highest bidder.” [Press Release, National Wildlife Federation, 09/14/17]
Then-Representative Polis Stated He “Will Do Everything to Protect National Monuments.”
Polis Said “We Must Protect our Iconic Heritage” Regarding National Monuments. “Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement today after President Trump called into question the designation of several national monuments. ‘President Trump has chosen another American value to attack, our sacred national monuments. I will do everything to protect national monuments, which are treasured by all Coloradans and Americans,’ said Polis. “We must protect our iconic heritage.” [Press Release, U.S. Representative Jared Polis, 04/26/17]