The Complete Colorado: As former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper prepares for a possible run for President, questions surrounding his actions in the final months of his term remain unanswered because of destroyed, denied or delayed Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests and an ongoing Independent Ethics Commission investigation.
The biggest questions are around Hickenlooper’s relationship with multimillionaire brothers Elon and Kimbal Musk and why the Colorado Department Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) destroyed all emails and other documents of a former administrator for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (CAQCC) during Hickenlooper’s term.
Those destroyed documents may have given insight into one of Hickelooper’s final executive actions as governor; a mandate to lower automobile emissions, a move the Musks stand to gain from financially.
Additionally, the CDPHE claimed there were no emails or other documents between Larry Wolk, the former executive director of the CDPHE and Hickenlooper or any of his staff members or members of the CAQCC.
Both men, whose records either don’t exist or were destroyed, left their positions around the same time — just weeks after Hickenlooper’s June 19, 2018 executive order that directed the CAQCC to enact regulations in Colorado identical to those in California pertaining to low emissions vehicles (LEV), and in November, the CAQCC passed those standards.
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