Conversations with … Scott Starin
Grand County, Colorado
Scott Starin is the Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. A resident of Boulder, he is running for the seat that is being vacated by Mark Udall who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Q. What is your personal and professional background?
A. I’m a career aerospace engineer with 27 years in the industry. I have two U.S. patents and have written 10 technical manuals for NASA and the European Space Agency as well as a number of technical papers.
I’m a problem solver and one of the highlights of my career was designing the electric motors for the corrective optics deployed during NASA’s Hubble Repair Mission in 1993. I’m currently the lead engineer for the Hubble Replacement Mission, which will deploy the James Webb Space Telescope in 2013.
I’ve been married 22 years and my wife is a tour director who regularly brings tours through Grand County. We have a daughter who is 20 and a son who is still in high school. I was a coach with my son’s high school baseball team.
I was also the founding president of the Valmont Amateur Astronomy Group and donated a $7,000 telescope to the group, which is a nonprofit outreach organization for our church.
Q. What qualifications do you possess that would make you a good Congressman?
A. My scientific and technical background is much needed in Congress. Right now, only two percent of U.S. Senators and Congressmen have scientific or engineering degrees.
With the demands of better sources of energy to help our economy, Congress really needs someone who understands science and technology rather then continuing to rely on lobbyists and outside specialists for their information. As an engineer, I would be there providing the needed input. I can lead on formulating an energy policy that will make a difference because I have the knowledge and expertise to evaluate what are viable energy alternatives.
What’s more, I’m not a career politician or partisan. Like most Americans, I’ve been frustrated with how Congress operates. As a Congressman, I would approach the issues using a logical thought process.
Q. If elected, what issues will you work on and what actions do you plan to take?
A. I’ll be going to Washington to deal with the Big Three, which are energy, economy and environment. All three of them are interrelated.
To ensure long-term energy resources for this nation, we’ve got to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. To do that we’ve got to be willing to expand drilling now.
Concerns over wildlife habitat have prevented us from accessing reserves that produce over one million barrels of oil a day. But we’ve got to drill in a way that protects the environment. There are eco-friendly nations, such as Norway, the United Kingdom and Finland, who are drilling their natural resources with great environmental success. We should not be fearful to follow their example.
Colorado is a real producer and exporter of energy. We have oil shale, clean coal and natural gas resources in this state. We’ve also been a leader in protecting the environment. By expanding our capacities here and doing it in a way that protects the environment, we’ll be producing more jobs here and helping to improve our national economy.
In addition, we have got to work on alternative sources of energy. While everyone looks forward to solar, wind and alternative energy sources, these energy options have storage capacity limitations and can cost 10 to 20 times the cost of nuclear, natural gas and clean coal technologies per unit of energy.
Another factor in our economy that we have to be mindful of is government spending. So much of taxpayers’ money is lost to earmarks and pork barrel items that must be eliminated.”
Q. If elected, what issues specifically important to Grand County will you work on and support?
A. The pine beetle epidemic exemplifies how good intentions with the environmental restrictions on logging can have an ultimately negative effect. If we had been allowed to thin out the forests years ago, the threat of devastating wildfires would be less today. By restricting logging back then, although well intentioned, we might not be facing the bad consequences today. Those policies need to be reviewed.
Also the energy policy that I will work for will ensure that prices for food, gas and other necessities are brought down to help Grand County residents as well as the rest of the nation.
I’ll also be working hard to keep taxes low which is a benefit not only to every citizen, but also for small businesses. I know that Grand County has a lot of good, small businesses that will prosper if taxes are kept low. Obama and the Democrats will raise taxes. I’ll fight to stop that.
And finally, I’ll do everything I can in Congress to protect the Second Amendment rights of Grand County residents. Americans have a long history of having the right to bear arms, which has helped to keep this a great nation.
Q. If elected, what kind of Congressman do you intend to be?
A. At my work, I’ve always maintained an open-door policy where my staff is encouraged to come in and express their views. I’ll have that same policy as a Congressman because I believe that communication is the No. 1 way to learn about problems and come to solutions through a logical thought process. My office will be open to all citizens of the 10 counties within the 2nd Congressional District.
Also, I’ll bring a family-values, conservative philosophy to the job of Congressman. I’m not a career politician and therefore I’m not beholding to any political party’s agenda, but will be working for what’s best for our children’s and grandchildren’s future. To achieve that, our government has got to be fiscally responsible and take a logical approach to the economy today.
For those wanting to learn more about Scott Starin’s candidacy and his political platform, go to his website at http://www.starinforcongress.com.
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