Donald Trump vs Joe Biden on Colorado issues: Where the presidential candidates stand

A breakdown of where the candidates stand on health care, marijuana, education, public lands issues and other major policies

  Public Lands




Do you support the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado, and would you reverse this move if elected?


The Trump administration announced it would relocate the federal Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction in July 2019, a move supported by Republican and Democratic leaders in Colorado. The Department of the Interior now says about 40 BLM employees will transfer to the new location, far fewer than initially hoped. And the move drew controversy and a congressional investigation after critics suggested the move was designed to gut the agency.



A: Biden did not respond to this question, and his position is unknown. Republicans suggest the move is in jeopardy if he wins the White House.




No signs of changing course

A: Prodded by Colorado leaders, he helped make the move happen. He has not suggested any second thoughts about his decision to relocate the headquarters.





Do you support efforts to expand access to public lands, and do you support the CORE Act?


The fierce debate over who can use Colorado’s federally owned public lands -- and for what purpose -- is a constant fault line in Colorado politics. The U.S. House last year passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act -- a massive public lands measure that would designate roughly 100,000 acres for wilderness and recreation in the state, and remove more than 200,000 acres from oil and gas development. The measure has stalled in the GOP-led Senate.


No position, but he wants public lands protected

A: It’s not clear if he supports the CORE Act. Biden’s campaign website states that he would protect public lands, designating them national parks and monuments. He also said he would permanently put the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits for development. It’s not clear if he supports the CORE Act.




Threatened to veto

A: His administration in 2019 threatened a veto if the CORE Act made it through both chambers of Congress. The White House said the legislation could harm rural communities in Colorado and insisted on more local input on the legislation.




Colorado has more drilling on public lands than most states, and the effort is expanding. In 2017, the federal Bureau of Land Management wanted to limit oil and gas production on 190,000 acres in eastern Colorado, but in 2019, the BLM suggested granting protections to fewer than 2,000 acres. This has riled wildlife conservationists who want to protect habitats, including those for the sage grouse, and also those who want to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Gov. Jared Polis noted that allowing more development on federal lands would cause a 27% increase in greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas development in the state. Proponents counter that the lease proceeds can help fund national parks.


No new permits for drilling on public lands

A: His campaign website says he opposes new permits for drilling on public lands and waters but he did not address existing operations. But he favors using public lands and waters as locations to put operations that generate renewable energy.




Heavy promotion of drilling on public lands

A: The Trump administration has aggressively promoted energy production on public lands, including in Colorado. The Interior Department under Trump, following the wishes of industry groups, has weakened rules that regulate fracking on public lands. California sued the administration earlier this year over plans to open public lands to fracking.



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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Former Vice President and U.S. Senator   

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Incumbent president and businessman