Impacts of Energy Development in Colorado, with a Case Study of Mesa and Garfield Counties

/ Series: Energy and the West

This report explores the significance of fossil fuel energy development for Colorado with a case study of the implications for the West Slope economy.

This report explores the significance of fossil fuel energy development for Colorado with a case study of the implications of superimposing rapid energy development on top of a more diverse and growing West Slope economy. The report then reviews the effectiveness of Colorado’s fiscal policy toward fossil fuels and concludes with several options for state and local governments to consider.

See the four-page Digest for a summary of the full report.

The detailed socioeconomic profiles used in this study also are available for download:

Socioeconomic Profile of Mesa County

Socioeconomic Profile of Garfield County

Socioeconomic Profiles of Mesa and Garfield Counties

Socioeconomic Profile of Colorado

Press Release, Dec. 2, 2008