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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
 – Margaret Thatcher
The greatest advancements in civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
 – Milton Friedman

Oxford English Dictionary

Roget’s Thesaurus

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

“I’ll have what she’s having.” – When Harry Met Sally

Two things:

My superpower is an ability to recall and sing AM hits of the 60s and 70s.

Also, I collect old cookbooks even though I rarely cook.

Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.

Amy began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts. She has spoken to thousands of citizens, activists, lawmakers, and policy experts across the country about everything from the controversial Clean Power Plan to strategies and policies that advance affordable power.

She’s famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources.”

Amy has collaborated with the Competitive Enterprise Institute to expose Colorado’s phantom carbon tax and the real cost of the state’s renewable energy mandate.

The work of Amy’s team led to a full audit of Colorado’s PUC Commissioners. Two of the three commissioners did not return for a second term. Amy’s team exposed shoddy accounting in the Governor’s Energy Office after receiving more than $100 million in stimulus money, which also led to a full audit and legislative reorganization

Amy was part of a national coalition that worked for several months to educate federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the consequences of President Obama’s nomination of Colorado’s former PUC Chairman Ron Binz to head up the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As a result of that effort, Mr. Binz was forced to withdraw his nomination

Amy has also successfully lead efforts to stop tax increases and advance transparency in government.

She has written numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.

Recently Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

Amy loves living in Weld County with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three, stepmom of two, and “pet guardian” of one diabetic, blind dachshund.

Latest Posts from the Energy Policy Center

  • Seizing power: Hick may issue exec order to slash emissions

    Seizing power: Hick may issue exec order to slash emissions2

    • August 23, 2016

    Developing story One of the worst kept secrets in Colorado energy policy circles finally is public thanks to PoliticoPro. Governor John Hickenlooper has floated a draft executive order to slash carbon emissions from the power generating sector by 35 percent by 2030, as compared to 2012 levels. Doing his best President Obama impersonation, the Governor

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  • The ‘War On Coal’ threatens a sleepy Colorado mining town0

    • August 19, 2016

    (Craig Station, Moffat County, Colorado. Photo: Michael Sandoval) CRAIG, Colo. — Coal, from extraction to use as a generation source, forms the literal bedrock of Craig. (Welcome to Craig. Photo: Michael Sandoval) The past few years have shaken the once quiet town, as an onslaught of federal government regulations and actions by environmental activists bent

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  • WildEarth Guardian effigy appears nears Craig, Colorado0

    • August 9, 2016

    In their attempt to kill coal in northwest Colorado, the WildEarth Guardians earned the deep ire of many town residents, who came up with creative ways of pushing back against the activist lawfare group. From tossing New Belgium beer from their store shelves when it was discovered the brewery had offered support to WEG in

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  • Two sloppy mistakes poison Xcel’s well of public support and entire Rush Creek application

    Two sloppy mistakes poison Xcel’s well of public support and entire Rush Creek application1

    • August 8, 2016

    By John Knetemann and contributors Xcel Energy’s well of public support for the Rush Creek Wind Farm, a $1.1 billion, 95,000-acre wind farm boondoggle on Colorado’s Eastern Plains appears to be poisoned. Conventional wisdom says Xcel’s application along with the so-called public approval process via the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the Rush Creek Wind

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