Hickenlooper, Beauprez Debate in Colorado Springs

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Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and his Republican challenger Bob Beauprez met for one of their final debates last night at UCCS, sponsored by the school and the Colorado Springs Gazette, Independent and Business Journal

Topics included jobs and the economy, energy development, and education.  

One question from the audience focused on climate change and the role people play in it.

"The question is," said Beauprez, "how much, and what can we do about it, and do we want to change our entire lifestyle in order to accomplish something that we’re going to be relatively insignificant compared to every other nation on the planet and every other human being on the planet?"

Beauprez said to trust in people to contribute a reduction in carbon gasses instead of government mandates.

In his response, Hickenlooper said it’s through working together that solutions are found and that there are many ways to make a difference in energy consumption, from the individual level to government.

"Almost every reduction in pollution came about through some thoughtful regulation that generally was created in balance between industry and individual representatives."

The debate comes as ballots start landing in mailboxes.  The last day to turn them in is November 4th.

You can listen to the full debate here: