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Northern Colorado Counties May Secede from Colorado Over Guns, Renewable Energy

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Counties in Northern Colorado are considering seceding from the state in order to form their own state.

According to Weld County, Colorado spokesperson Jennifer Finch, Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties might secede to form the state of North Colorado.

The plan was discussed at the Colorado Counties Inc. conference earlier this week, notes the Denver Post.

Finch said the county commissioners — united by opposition to renewable energy, gun background checks, transportation and agriculture — might put the secede option to voters in November.

"The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be," said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, in a statement. "The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don't blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state."

The counties are especially upset over SB 252, which increases renewable energy standards to help the environment, but rural energy companies claim that change is too expensive.

Colorado governor, John Hickenlooper, gave rural communities an exemption with an executive order to prevent the energy bill’s application in those areas, but apparently that's not enough.

"There are a lot of people mad out there," said Greeley Mayor Tom Norton. "You walk out onto the streets of Greeley and every third person says 'What in the world are they [state lawmakers] thinking?'"

However, the answer is painfully obvious in the governor's office.

Eric Brown, spokesperson for Hickenlooper, told the Greeley Tribune in an email: “Background checks on gun sales, increasing renewable energy and supporting responsible development of oil and gas are popular with rural and urban voters. Not everyone agrees, of course. But we keep trying.”

Seceding from Colorado will be a difficult task, if not impossible. Even if citizens vote for secession, the Colorado State Legislature and the U.S. Congress would have to sign off on it, according to Steve Mazurana, a former political science professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Sources: Greeley Tribune and Denver Post

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