UPDATE: Running on Empty tour stop at 4:30 p.m.


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The starting time for the Running on Empty event has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. today, and not 6;30 p.m. as was originally reported.

————— ORIGINAL POST, TUES, AUG. 23, 2:26 P.M. —————


This Thursday, Americans for Prosperity will be bringing their national Running on Empty tour to Colorado Springs.

According to a press release:

The tour gives activists the chance to learn about the policies put in place by President Obama that continue to drive up the costs of basic necessities such as fuel, electricity, and even grocery bills, as well as what can be done to bring those prices down and stabilize our markets. Please see the release below for details.

The tour has traveled to several states, says Jeff Crank, Colorado state director of AFP.

"It is an effort to educate folks on some of the things that the administration right now could be doing to lower the price of gas," he says. "Talking about everything from wild lands designation, where [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar is designating things as wild lands without Congressional approval, when it usually takes Congressional approval. Then, when something is designated wild lands, you can't explore for oil and gas. Or, the moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf, which, as you know, a federal judge threw out but the Interior Department is still sticking to that."

You can catch the action by heading out to the parking lot of KVOR Studio, 6805 Corporate Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. As ColoradoPols pointed out, the tour has run into some opposition on other stops. Pols pointed to a report by KULR-TV in Billings, Mont.

A group traveling across the country to promote less oil and gas industry regulation brought its tour to Billings Wednesday night, but the reception was probably not as warm as desired.


Choruses of boos and jeers rang out whenever a speaker went up on stage, which was loud enough for volunteers at the rally to confront the protesters. Despite a gulf of differences on their political beliefs, the rally attendees and counter-protesters did manage to agree on one thing: the country needs jobs.

Crank tells the Indy that this protest was something of an anomaly. He went to the five events in Montana, and in Billings and Helena, "heavily union towns," a lot of people turned out to protest.

"They were holding signs that said, 'Stand up for the working man,' which I don't quite understand. Nothing hurts the working man more than $3.60-a-gallon gasoline," he says. "So in some places we probably had 20 or 30 attendees, and we had 40 or 50 people there to protest."

But, he says, in a place like Bozeman they had a 122 attendees and 25 or 30 protesters. In another town, they had 92 attendees and one protester. He guesses that they will have a lot more attendees than protesters here in the Springs.


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